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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

First of 500 tsunami monuments erected on coast


KAMAISHI, Iwate Pref. — A stone monument in remembrance of the March 11 tsunami has been unveiled on a beach in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, the first of 500 such monuments planned for coastal areas in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

The project was organized by a national stone dealers association after its members volunteered to repair tombstones damaged by the disaster in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, and elsewhere.

The granite monument, designed by art director Katsumi Asaba, was unveiled on Nebama beach on Friday. Engraved on the front are 2011 in kanji and the numerals 3.11.

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