William to tour city hit by tsunami


Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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The Duke of Cambridge will visit a Japanese coastal city today to learn how communities coped with the devastating 2011 tsunami.

William will tour Ishinomaki where more than 3,000 died and around 22,000 lost their homes when the city was deluged by a 28ft wave.

The second-in-line to the throne will meet people affected by the disaster, including the local newspaper editor, who produced handwritten newsletters to keep vital communications going during the days immediately after the tsunami.

The editor has since established a children’s newspaper, allowing younger members of the community to tell their own stories about the disaster, as well as reporting on everyday events.

Later in the day William will travel to a hilltop viewing point, close to a local shrine, which overlooks the ‘Bay of Destruction’ .

He will then travel further up the coast to the town of Onagawa, which also suffered during the tsunami.

The Duke will visit shopkeepers and residents at a new neighbourhood shopping centre, which has re-established 30 businesses from a tailor’s shop, to a greengrocer, cafe and an artist’s design studio.

Published: Sunday 1st March 2015 by The News Editor

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