Top Image

On March 11, 2011, 74 children lost their lives at Okawa Elementary School. The Times’ Asia Editor Richard Lloyd Parry tells the story.

Richard Lloyd Parry is the author of “Ghosts of the Tsunami,” which focuses on the story of a small elementary school in the town of Okawa, around 200 miles north of Tokyo. 74 of the 78 pupils at the school that day lost their lives to the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake.

“Ghosts of the Tsunami” is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the disaster: a beautifully written, harrowing account of what happened on 3/11 and the events that unfolded afterward, as it became clear to survivors that the deaths of those children were entirely avoidable.

Read more:

On this episode:

Richard Lloyd Parry: Twitter | Articles
Oscar Boyd: Twitter | Articles | Instagram


Sign up to the Deep Dive mailing list and be notified every time a new episode comes out. Get in touch with us at

Support the show! Rate us, review us and share this episode with a friend if you’ve enjoyed it. Follow us on Twitter, and give us feedback.

This episode of Deep Dive may be supported by advertising based on your location. Advertising is sourced by Audioboom and is not affiliated with The Japan Times.