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Photo Journal: In memory of a sister


Toma Hiratsuka, center, heads to the graduation ceremony of Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 17, 2017, flanked by his mother Naomi and father Shinichiro. Toma lost his elder sister Koharu, then 12, to the March 11, 2011 tsunami disaster, in which she and 73 fellow students and 10 staff at the school perished, just a week before her graduation ceremony. Toma entered the school the following month. "I admire my sister, who was a hardworking person. I would like to outdo her by pursuing my own path," Toma said. Five other students attended the graduation ceremony, which was held at a temporary school building located away from the original school grounds. (Mainichi)

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