Last of 1,613 unidentified quake victims in Fukushima accounted for

Police have identified the remains of the last unaccounted victim of the 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami and fire in Fukushima Prefecture as those of carpenter Hidekatsu Suzuki, then 60, of Iwaki city, according to the Fukushima Prefectural Police Headquarters’ announcement on Jan. 19. He was the last of 1,613 residents in the prefecture confirmed dead in the disaster, but 197 others remain missing. In establishing Suzuki's identity, police used remains recovered from debris in the city’s Hisanohama district – where he lived -- on March 14, 2011, three days after the disaster, and the ashes of the victim buried later. In Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, also devastated by the disaster, some remains have yet to be identified. Fukushima is the first prefecture in northeastern Japan to have all confirmed dead accounted for. According to the Fukushima police, the newly identified remains were discovered by workers trying to remove wreckage left after the disaster. The remains were identified as those of Suzuki on the basis of his false teeth, clothing, X-ray pictures left at a hospital, and the location of their discovery, among other data. (Translated by Kyodo News)

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