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Photo Journal: Floating tribute

Bereaved families of victims of a 1993 quake registering magnitude 7.8 off southwestern Hokkaido that left 230 people dead or missing float lanterns on the sea to pay tribute to those who lost their lives, in the Aonae district of Okushiri Island on July 12, 2018, the 25th anniversary of the disaster. In the town of Okushiri on the island, 198 people including 107 in the Aonae district were killed or went missing, mostly due to a tsunami up to 30 meters high that struck all coastal areas of the island. Yukio Isojima, an 89-year-old fisherman who lost his wife to the disaster, looked at the sea and said, "These 25 years have passed very quickly. A busy period for fishing is approaching and I feel that my wife has watched over me." In front of the town's cenotaph titled "Jikusho" (meaning "time, space, flight"), residents lit 1,000 candles in memory of the victims. (Mainichi)

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