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Fishing town haunted by loss a year after tsunami
A year after tsunami, Japan's coastal fishing villages haunted by loss
By The Associated Press

MINAMISANRIKU, Japan (AP) ' The 71-year-old Japanese fisherman climbs toward the top of the hillside cemetery with a heavy heart, a bucket of water in each hand.

Takayuki Sato lost his wife and mother in the March 11, 2011, tsunami that obliterated most of the fishing town of Minamisanriku. He also lost his best friend, an aunt and uncle, his house and three boats.

One year on, the pain of unthinkable loss still runs deep in Minamisanriku. As the town plans to rebuild, one thing is clear: It will never return to the cozy seaside town it once was.



Along Japan's tsunami-scarred coast, hardly any reconstruction has begun, leaving barren landscapes. Coastal communities are wrestling with how to rebuild when so much has been lost.


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