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Oil tank swept by tsunami to be kept as monument

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Laaska News Feb. 11, 2012

A fish processing company in Ishinomaki City has decided to keep an oil tank that was swept away by tsunami 11 months ago as a memorial.

The tank measures 11 meters in height and 9 meters in diameter and is shaped like a can of seafood. The tank is lying on a road 300 meters away from where it was originally located.

The tank and the images painted on its surface were designed to make it look like a can of seafood produced by the company. Before the disaster, it served as advertising.

The seafood firm says it will move the tank back to the company’s premises where it will put it on display.

A vice president of the company says some people originally wanted the tank dismantled because it brought back sad memories. But he now says such memories should be remembered for future generations.

He says if people come to see the salvaged oil tank, it will help with the city’s reconstruction.

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