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After the wave: Elderly couple rebuilds in memory of a brother

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The msnbc.com team continues their work reporting on the recovery in Japan. On their way to report another story, the team spotted a man with a wheelbarrow in front of a partially destroyed home in rural Kesennuma. They stopped and met Teruo and Katsuko Kano.

The 69-year-old Katsuko and her 76-year-old husband have another aim in rebuilding the two-story home in their wrecked and deserted community: saving the last home built by her brother, a carpenter.

 

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Teruo Kano slowly pushes washed up brush and roots through his garden and past cars gathered from the surrounding rice fields.

"This is the last work of his, so I have to hang onto this house," she said, noting that his home and another one he had built washed away in the tsunami. "For the sake of my brother, I must rebuild."

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