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As search crews continue to scour the Japanese coast in search of victims from the March, 2011 tsunami, consular officials have begun preparing B.C. towns for the day briefcases, hairbrushes and photographs begin washing up on their beaches.

“If they are valuable or personal items and they are clearly recognizable as coming from Japan, then we would like to know exactly what they are,” Kinji Shinoda, deputy consul-general of Japan in Vancouver, told Postmedia.

In early March, Hideki Ito, Japan’s consul-general in Vancouver, made an official visit to the West Coast communities of Ucluelet and Tofino, where suspected tsunami debris has been washing up since December. “He was stressing the importance of this material to people back in Japan,” said Tofino mayor Perry Schmunk.


Japanese pop bottles, fishing floats and buoys have always seen washing up along Vancouver Island, but in recent months locals have increasingly reported discoveries…

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