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My Quest to Find the Loneliest People on Earth

My Quest to Find the Loneliest People on Earth

By on Dec 14, 2016 in Japan

Channing Joseph

SF Weekly’s editor traveled to Japan to find out why up to 2 million people won’t come out of their bedrooms. Daiju Ogawa is 30 years old when I meet him inside the cramped storefront office, the gray summer sky spitting warm rain onto the sidewalk outside. There is...

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Mass amounts of tsunami debris floating in Pacific

By on Aug 23, 2013 in Japan

Kyle Iboshi

Washington, D.C. — Scientists estimate roughly 1 1/2 million tons of Japanese tsunami debris is floating in the Pacific Ocean. Computer models show that lighter pieces of debris, affected by the wind, move faster than heavy debris. Thousands of items, likely from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, have already...

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Piece of boat lost in tsunami returned to owner

By on Aug 23, 2013 in Japan

Kyle Iboshi

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — When the earth shook on March 11, 2011, Katsuo Saito knew he had to escape to higher ground. He didn’t wait for the tsunami sirens. “As a child I was told, once the tremors hit, you need to run away as high as possible.” The fisherman...

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Items set adrift in tsunami returned to Japan

By on Aug 20, 2013 in Japan

Kyle Iboshi

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — On an empty stretch of the Long Beach Peninsula, Russ Lewis searches for lost memories. Over the past year, he’s found various pieces of tsunami debris scattered across the beach, including everything from a large buoy to a mannequin head. Tucked in the back of his...

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