Little Tokyo to host memorial service to remember victims of Japan quake, tsunami

Tsunami Anniversary

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A patron of the Nishi Hongwanji temple expresses solitude with those who were affected by the tsunami in Japan in March, 2012.

Southern Californians will mark tomorrow's the two-year anniversary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami with a memorial service near Little Tokyo.

The Japan America Society of Southern California will sponsor the “Love to Nippon” event, which will also draw attention to the 300,000 people who remain in temporary housing after their homes were destroyed.

Ecumenical services, prayers, flower and incense offerings and traditional dance will be included in the program, organizers said.

Los Angeles fire battalion chief David Stone will talk about his experiences as a first responder, and will lead a panel discussion on what Los Angeles is doing to prepare for its own potential quake and tsunami. Stone's talk comes as one of his LAFD colleagues – emergency operations commander David Yamahata – is in Fukushima to speak with emergency personnel in Japan about disaster response.

The Sunday memorial event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Ronald Deaton Auditorium at the Los Angeles police headquarters, 100 W. First St. The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations can be made at the Japan America Society's website.

Japan's twin disaster killed as many as 18,000 people, some of whom are still missing an presumed dead.

 

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