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Ishinomaki to end searches for tsunami-hit school kids

  • January 7, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 6:32 a.m.
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Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)–The city government of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, plans to wrap up at the end of March its searches for four elementary school children who remain missing after the Mach 2011 massive tsunami, according to city officials.

The government of the Pacific coastal city in northeastern Japan has been searching for clues to the whereabouts of the children from former Okawa Elementary School, including by outsourcing to specialists.

Ishinomaki Mayor Masami Saito said Thursday that he thinks it is time to draw a line, as 10 years have passed since the March 2011 disaster.

The city government will continue to cooperate with the prefectural police department’s efforts to find people still unaccounted for.

The tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, caused the deaths of 70 pupils of the municipal school as well as 10 teachers and other personnel.

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