Five years after Japan’s tsunami, orphan victims lament their lost parents

Justin McCurry in the Guardian writes on Thursday, March 10, 2016 about Takashi Tsuchiya of Rikuzentakata, who lost his parents in the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. He was 13. He and his older sister survived.

In Rikuzentakata and neighbouring Kesennuma alone, the tsunami created 42 orphans, more than half of whom still live locally. In the worst-hit provinces, more than 230 children were orphaned; 1,580 lost either one or both parents.

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