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Mr. Osamu Kataoka
age: 45; occupation: university professor; family: wife
age: 13; at school (800 meters from the hypocenter); father and elder brother died; mother and two elder sisters injured.

“I ran to the edge of the pool. What did I see there? A drowned classmate, who was burned all over. Another classmate was trying to put out a fire on a friend’s clothes with his own spouting blood.” (written at age 17)

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Hiromi Tsuchida