27 Apr '11, 9am

myself: Meanwhile, in Japan, an #AFP colleague writes an impossibly moving story of personal loss... #pleaseread

myself: Meanwhile, in Japan, an #AFP colleague writes an impossibly moving story of personal loss... #pleaseread

ISHINOMAKI, Japan - Weeks after a tsunami crashed into her Japanese home town and took away her daughter, Takako Suzuki received the phone call she had long dreaded but finally come to hope for. Police had found the remains of the 41-year-old woman, this AFP reporter's sister, only a few hundred metres from the ruined family house in the fishing port of Ishinomaki, now a wasteland of mud and rubble. In a sign of how agonising searching for a loved one had been for Suzuki, 67, and for countless others here, a neighbour expressed relief at the news that the remains had been found, saying simply: "That's good". The news brought a degree of closure for Suzuki after a painful search that had started after the March 11 quake, when snow fell on the town, and ended when cherry trees started to blossom above the rubble. Across Japan's shattered northeast, more than 14,000 people ha...

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