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Moai statue from Chile set up in disaster-hit northeast Japan

A moai statue from Chile's Easter Island that was presented to Japan as a gift in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami was erected Thursday at a temporary shopping area in the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on the Pacific coast of northeastern Japan. Workers spent about two hours putting up the statue, which weighs around 2 tons and is 3 meters high.

Easter Island statue to give hope to Japan tsunami town

A giant statue from Chile's Easter Island was unveiled in Tokyo Wednesday before it is erected in a small tsunami-devastated northeastern Japanese town as a symbol of recovery. The three-metre (9.8-foot) Moai statue is a gift from Chile, which pledged to supply a new statue to the fishing community of Minami Sanriku after the town's original was destroyed in the March 2011 quake and tsunami. "It has been two years since the disaster and reconstruction has just begun," the town's mayor Jin Sato said at an unveiling ceremony.
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