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As someone who lived in Japan for two years—and who experienced the Kobe earthquake firsthand—the devastating disaster that struck the country hit me hard from a personal standpoint.

But as soon as the magnitude of the event became clear, it was obvious that there would be enormous professional ramifications as well: an unfolding story of enormous importance to the readers of NU—one that we would need to cover in depth over the days (and, most likely, weeks) ahead.

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