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Published March 12, 2013, 05:40 PM

Minnesota woman hopes to keep Japanese tsunami recovery in people's minds

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's been two years since a tsunami crushed Japan, killing 19,000 people. There are still nearly 300,000 people displaced with no place to call home.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's been two years since a tsunami crushed Japan, killing 19,000 people. There are still nearly 300,000 people displaced with no place to call home.

Clean-up is complete, but virtually no building has begun. One Minnesota woman wants to make sure others don't forget about those still trying to recover. Yuricka Hasegawa is in Japan and explains what it looks like now.

Yuricka Hasegawa: "Flat areas. Like things are cleaned up and the houses were taken down. There's huge flat land where there's nothing. So, if you go now, and see the area you might think that oh, it's been like this all the time. You'd never imagine that there were lots of houses and buildings and factories and things like that."

Yuricka told us the suicide rate has sky-rocketed since the tsunami.

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