Japanese quake survivor: ‘We are coming back, I’m determined’

Yoshie Minamidani’s heart leapt when she saw the stray tabby cat, a mainstay of the famous Asaichi Dori shopping street in Wajima city on the western coast of Japan.

Like the cat, she is a survivor of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that shook Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture and nearby regions on New Year’s Day, leaving at least 202 people dead, scores missing, and buildings in shambles – including Ms. Minamidani’s seafood store.

“We are coming back. I’m determined,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Jan. 9. “There is so much we must protect, although we are starting from scratch.”

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