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Photo Journal: Harvest of hope and despair

(Mainichi/Taichi Kaizuka)

A farmer harvests rice in a field in the town of Atsuma in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Sept. 25, 2018. He was working near the site of landslides that destroyed many houses and killed 36 people in the southern Hokkaido town. Heavy machinery is being used to remove structures damaged by a powerful Sept. 6 earthquake and debris from landslides triggered by the tremor. Many farmers still can't harvest their rice after a large amount of soil flowed onto their fields and heavy machinery became difficult to maneuver. Atsuma was known for rice cultivation, with some 1,580 hectares of its land planted with the grain in an average year, according to the Hokkaido Government Iburi General Subprefectural Bureau.

    (Japanese original by Kosuke Yamamoto, Akita Bureau)

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