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In tsunami-hit Japan, a mother finally finds closure FEATURE 04/28/2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In tsunami-hit Japan, a mother finally finds closure

FEATURE

04/28/2011
ISHINOMAKI — Weeks after a tsunami crashed into her Japanese home town and took away her daughter, Takako Suzuki received the phone call she had long dreaded but finally come to hope for.

Police had found the remains of the 41-year-old woman, this AFP reporter’s sister, only a few hundred meters from the ruined family house in the fishing port of Ishinomaki, now a wasteland of mud and rubble.

In a sign of how agonizing searching for a loved one had been for Suzuki, 67, and for countless others here, a neighbor expressed relief at the news that the remains had been found, saying simply: “That’s good.”

The news brought a degree of closure for Suzuki after a painful search that had started after the March 11 quake, when snow fell on the town, and ended when cherry trees started to blossom above the rubble..... MORE

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