Tsunami still tears at a Japanese town, as mayor’s decisions are debated

By Chico Harlan, June 27, 2014

MINAMISANRIKU, Japan — On a Friday in March three years ago, as a tsunami barreled in, the emergency workers in this coastal town stayed at their posts in a three-story building on low ground, never receiving an evacuation order. They hurried to the rooftop at the last moment, but even there they were submerged in the furious brown churn. When the wave pulled back, 10 of the 44 workers remained.

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