TAKATSUKI, Osaka -- The elementary school here where a 9-year-old student was killed by a collapsing exterior wall during the June 18 earthquake in western Japan's Osaka Prefecture reopened on June 21.
The 9-year-old girl was on the road outside Takatsuki Municipal Juei Elementary School when she was crushed by the collapsing concrete block wall surrounding the school's pool.
Primary and junior high schools across northern Osaka Prefecture, where the quake epicenter was located, closed after the disaster. However, most had reopened by June 21. Juei Elementary School staff were posted on the routes to the school in the morning to watch over the students, while some children were accompanied to the school gates by their parents.
The road where the girl was killed remained blocked off, and students who usually used that route to school had to take detours.
"I am truly very sad, and I wish we could rewind time," Juei Elementary Principal Yoshimi Tanaka said during a speech at a school assembly held after all the children had arrived.