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Disaster prevention still a work in progress

An evacuation drill in the Iwate Prefecture city of Miyako on the five-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

TOKYO -- Half a decade after a killer quake struck northeastern Japan, the public and private sectors are still applying its lessons in hopes of mitigating a future disaster. And much remains to be done in this massive, costly undertaking.

     The Iwate Prefecture city of Miyako was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Five years later, on Friday, residents took part in tsunami evacuation drills. Participants in one area could be seen helping one another so that everyone, including the elderly and children, could safely reach the designated evacuation point of a primary school on a hill.

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