10 Mars 2016
March 9, 2016
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
For the families of 2,562 people still listed as missing, the fifth anniversary March 11 of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster offers no closure.
The National Police Agency updated its list of missing people on March 8, noting that most of the victims were from the hardest-hit prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima in northeastern Japan.
The NPA said its report reflected the number of people who remained missing since the disaster as of the end of February.
It said the number of fatalities rose by 4 over the past year to 15,894 in 12 prefectures, while the number of people missing declined by 27 to 2,562 in six prefectures.
The number of deaths totaled 15,827 in the three hardest-hit prefectures: 9,541 in Miyagi, 4,673 in Iwate and 1,613 in Fukushima.
The number of bodies still unidentified stands at 59 in Iwate and 16 in Miyagi.
The number of people missing stands at 1,237 in Miyagi, 1,124 in Iwate and 197 in Fukushima, the NPA said.