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Mar 13, 2018

Some Japanese are feeling walled-in

Some Japanese are feeling walled-in

Seven years after the tsunami that killed thousands huge sea walls that experts say will protect them are making people feel disconnected from the sea.

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A bus is driven past a seawall in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 3, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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'Miracle Pine', a tree which is said to symbolise hope and recovery after it survived the 2011 tsunami, stands next to a damaged building in front of the newly built seawall in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 3, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A seawall is illuminated at night in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Aketo seawall which was damaged in the 2011 tsunami is seen from a newly built seawall in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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The sun rises over a seawall at a beach in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 4, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A seawall is pictured at night in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 3, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A seawall under construction is surrounded by scaffolding in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A woman walks on a road close to a seawall in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 3, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A man walks along a path on a seawall in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 3, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A fisherman watches waves hitting a seawall in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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The Aketo seawall which was damaged in the 2011 tsunami is seen in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A wave breaks at Fudaihama beach in Fudai, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A high wave hits a seawall in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A sign notifying a tsunami evacuation area stands in front of a seawall in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Large bags containing construction materials are placed at a construction site to reinforce and extend an old seawall in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A labourer works at a construction site where a seawall is being built in Taro town, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Vending machines stand in front of a seawall at Hirota Bay in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 4, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A boat is parked in front of a seawall at Onappe beach in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A man looks through a window of a seawall at a port in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 4, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A construction site used to reinforce and extend an old seawall is seen through a window of a ferry terminal in Tanohata village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Atsushi Fujita sails his boat as he leaves a dock where seawalls are installed at Hirota Bay in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 4, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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An oyster farm is seen behind a seawall at Hirota Bay in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 4, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A fishing boat is seen through a window of a seawall at a port in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A seagull flies over a wave at Fudaihama beach in Fudai, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 1, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Residential houses and commercial buildings stand behind a seawall at a port in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 2, 2018. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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A fisherman sprays water over oysters on a boat, which he harvested from an oyster farm at Hirota Bay in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, March 4, 2018. The seawall can be seen in the background. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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