Japanese PM proposes new blueprint for post-quake restoration (3)

08:37, April 13, 2011      

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The prime minister said that he himself was a beneficiary of the post-war reconstruction efforts and that he would see to it that the same vigor, solidarity and selflessness would lead to a new, rejuvenated Japan.

"I will put in all my energy and do my very best to revive this wonderful nation and I pledge this to Japan," the prime minister said.

The official death toll foam the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami has topped 13,000, with the final figure expected to be upwards of 25,000 people, the national police agency said.

The colossal quake struck at 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT) on March 11, with the epicenter at 130 kilometers east of the coast of Miyagi Prefecture at a depth of 24.4 kilometers under the seabed.

The quake triggered a deadly tsunami with waves up to 10 meters high sweeping inland as far as 10 kilometers, devouring houses, offices, cars, buses, boats and swept thousands of people out to sea.

Source: Xinhua

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