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Prelate renews appeal for Japan’s earthquake victims

March 12, 2014

Three years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami killed over 15,000 people, the president of Caritas Japan renewed his appeal for prayers and financial assistance.

“After the disaster, in the chaotic aftermath of such a massive destruction of daily lives, we became optimistic of recovery,” said Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata. “We thought, considering the economic strength and technological advancement of Japan, three years would be quite enough for the disaster hit area to return to normal life.”

“It is not so,” he added. “More than 270,000 people are not able to return to their homes. Almost as many are still living in temporary shelters. As for the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, no one actually knows what [is] really going on inside the damaged plants.”


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