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Victims of 2007 Niigata Quake Remembered in Ceremony

Victims of 2007 Niigata Quake Remembered in Ceremony

   Kashiwazaki, Niigata Pref., July 16 (Jiji Press)--A memorial ceremony marked the 10th anniversary on Sunday of a deadly 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck off the Chuetsu region in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan.
   At 10:13 a.m. (1:13 a.m. GMT), the time when the quake occurred 10 years ago, about 700 ceremony participants, including victims' family members and Niigata Governor Ryuichi Yoneyama, offered silent payers and paid floral tributes to 15 people who died in the quake.
   The ceremony was held in the Sea of Japan coastal city of Kashiwazaki, jointly organized by the municipal governments of Kashiwazaki and the village of Kariwa.
   "The 10 years seemed long but were short," Hiroshi Inomata, 56, from Kashiwazaki, said. His father, a high school teacher, was killed in the quake.
   "After 10 years, I still cannot catch up with my father," said Inomata, also a high school teacher.

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