Search operation held in Japan to find people missing in aftermath of 3/11 quake, tsunami

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Police officers are among the searchers in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday, looking for signs of the people still missing in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

A joint search operation for people missing from the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami was conducted Saturday in the environs of a fishing port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.

According to the Ishinomaki city government, 414 people are still missing in the city in the aftermath of the disaster.

The search was mainly conducted by the city, the Miyagi Coast Guard Office and Kahoku Police Office. About 50 personnel from these offices, including divers, spent 2½ hours searching for the missing people and carefully examining with rod-shaped tools the objects that have washed up on the beach.

“More than 10 years have passed since the disaster occurred, but we must not give up,” said Hitoshi Horigome, a senior official of the police office. “We must renew our commitment and find even a single clue.”