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When Kobe rose from the ruins

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KOBE – When the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck on Jan. 17, 1995, this port city in western Japan was devastated in an instant, leaving 6,437 either dead or missing and about $100 billion worth of infrastructures damaged.

Today there is not a trace of the tragic event in this city nestled in between mountains and the sea. Kobe is once more an important residential and manufacturing zone in Hyogo, one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Forming what looks like a comb along the coastline, more than a hundred piers have helped the city return to being one of the largest ports in the country and Asia.

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