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What happened when 133-ft waves swept in? A new book documents the Tohoku tsunami

The story continued long after the news cameras left

By Emily Finch   September 2017

Ghosts of the Tsunami

by Richard Lloyd Parry (Jonathan Cape, £16.99)

Tohoku is a region to which most Tokyoites would never venture. Seen as a “rustic” and old-world place, the accent is hard to understand for those not originally from north-east Japan.

Richard Lloyd Parry, the Asia Editor of the Times, spent six years reporting from Tohoku in the wake of the 2011 tsunami. His new book offers a well-researched, polyphonic narrative of what happened on the day 133-ft waves swept in—and how the story continued long after the news cameras…

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