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Man listed as missing following 2011 tsunami is living near Tokyo

A tsunami triggered by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is seen surging inland in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, in the country's northeast. (Mainichi)

SENDAI -- A Miyagi Prefecture man who was listed as missing following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami has been found to be living in the eastern Japan prefecture of Kanagawa near Tokyo, police said.

The finding has reduced the number of missing residents of the northeastern Japan prefecture of Miyagi to 1,220, according to the prefectural police. This is the second case in which a Miyagi resident listed as missing following the disaster has been found to be alive in another prefecture, apart from the period immediately after the killer quake and tsunami.

The 50-year-old man was quoted as telling police, "I was in the Kanto region (around Tokyo) at the time of the disaster."

The man left his home in the prefectural city of Ishinomaki before the disaster. However, his elder sister submitted a missing person's report on him to the prefectural police in April 2011 saying, "He may have been engulfed by tsunami in the city."

A Kanagawa Prefectural Police officer found an individual who appeared to be the man from Ishinomaki while on local patrol on Oct. 17 this year. Miyagi Prefectural Police showed a photo of the man to his family and he was identified as the Ishinomaki man on Oct. 31.

(Japanese original by Hiroshi Endo, Sendai Bureau)

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