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77-Year-Old Japanese Man Asks US Mayor to Look for Items Lost in Tsunami

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- 2053 days ago -
The mayor of a small Washington state city told The Daily World newspaper that he was surprised when he received a postcard from a 77-year-old man in Japan asking him to look out for items he lost in the tsunami a year and a half ago.

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Carrie B (306)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 12:49 am
I feel badly for this elderly man trying to retrieve some of his belongings. Imagine the devastation of losing everything when you are that old.

P A (117)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 12:55 am
Imagine how horrendous life could be - you lose your family and friends due to a natural disaster, you lose your house and everything in it and so many memories, you lose your neighbourhood, all that is familiar too. You are desperate for just one thing that will remind you of kinder days - and that could be washed up on the shores of a country thousands of miles away, dependent on chance to see if someone will pick it up and try and restore it to its original owner.... I do hope that people try and restore items - the immense good they are doing will far outweigh the effort of photographing them and putting them on a couple of computer sites...then returning them. Imagine the utter JOY you could cause! Nothing like it!


Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 2:24 am
Very sad.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 4:30 am

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 4:45 am
Breaks one's heart!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 8:00 am

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 8:39 am
It is a reminder of how fragile life can be as a human.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 12:41 pm
I beachcomb whenever possible. Are they sure this stuff isn't radioactive? All I have ever retrieved was one flip flop...sure would hate to find the sneakers with bones in them.
Sad that this is all left of a human's life. Not much we can do about tsunami's but we sure can draw the line on nuclear plant construction. California is NOT the place for nukes.

Christeen A (370)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 12:52 pm
So terrible. Poor man.

michelle t (41)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 2:41 pm
Poor man.Very sad

Talya H (10)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 5:15 pm
Thanks for the share!

marie C (163)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 5:34 pm
Thanks Carrie

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday September 4, 2012, 7:18 pm
I hope they can find something to return to him!

Carol H (229)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 6:20 am
what are the chances??? I feel bad for him ....

Suzanne L (98)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 11:47 am
The chances of finding something that belonged to Mr. Saito are pretty slim, but wouldn't it be nice if the Mayor and people in the city in Washington state each sent an item of some kind to this man. It wouldn't be the same but a small gift is a way of expressing sympathy.

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 3:20 am
I feel very sad for Mr. Saito. I lost everything when I migrated to Australia, the ship sank. I lost everything, but I had my life and I was young. At 18 I could start again, still the experience haunted me for a long time, thinking of items I lost, priceless, irreplaceable and of great value to me. I am 72 now, I feel for Mr. Saito.
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