Tsunami-hit town gets huge Christmas gift from Chile

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    sensei258

    Nice gesture.

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    papigiulio

    very nice gesture.

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    Disillusioned

    It is a great gesture from a foreign government and should lift the spirits of the locals. it's just a shame they are getting next to bugger all help from their own government.

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    tokyo-star

    Some good news at least around Xmas time.

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    KariHaruka

    Really nice gesture from Chile.

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    justbcuzisay

    Really nice story, but I don't understand why it is going to Tokyo and Osaka first? They have plenty of tourist attractions, this is a gift for people still very much recovering from a disaster. If big city people want to see it, they can take a trip and face the reality of Tohoku.

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    Speed

    It's nice to see goodwill gestures between nations rather than the usual squabbles.

    My mom, in Sendai back then, described how the tsunami flung boats up on top of buildings and seeing the whole coastline wiped out.

    1960 wasn't that long ago and people in my mother's generation should've remembered and taken note of the dangers and likelihood of tsunamis.

    They began building atomic plants along the coasts nearby just a few years after this incident. That's why I find today's government insincere when talking about "not being able to imagine" such a large scale catastrophe happening like it did in 2011.

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    Cortes Elijah

    jusbcuzisay I totally agree...People should all travel to the disaster site to see it and show their respects.

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    Green Panda

    That's nice but I think they would have preferred a large check instead.

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    Disillusioned

    That's nice but I think they would have preferred a large check instead.

    Yeah, but from their own government.

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    bajhista65

    Wow! What a beautiful gesture.

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    Nessie

    Ancient islanders are believed to have built the figures, but details such as how they raised the huge stones are unknown.

    AFP, FYI: Not ancient! They were erected between the 13th and 16 centuries.

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    Rick Kisa

    Did it need a struggling poor foreign state to shwo this gesture?

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    LH10

    yeah green p! i was thinking the same thing! where's the money?!

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    sensei258

    "The five-meter Moai statue" looks to be about two meters tall in the picture.

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