Rugby World Cup stadium opens as a symbol of ‘hope’ in tsunami-hit Kamaishi

More than 6000 people watched the first match at the new stadium in the Japanese coastal town as it battles to rebuild following the 2011 disaster

On the afternoon of 11 March 2011, Akiko Iwasaki was preparing for another busy evening at her traditional inn when a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a deadly tsunami along Japan’s northeast coast.

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