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‘Miracle baby’ tale helps save vital memories of great quake

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Kobe resident Tsubasa Nakamura was born the day the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck Hyogo Prefecture on Jan. 17, 1995, exactly 23 years ago.

Dubbed "the miracle baby born in the city of rubble," Nakamura grew up with television cameras following him. When he started elementary school, a pro baseball team invited him to throw the first pitch in the season's opening game.

"My 'fame' was a burden during puberty," Nakamura recalled. "I only happened to have been born on the day thousands of people died. I hadn't done anything to earn all that attention. I eventually stopped disclosing my birthdate."

But his feelings changed when he took courses in disaster preparedness education at university. He........

© The Asahi Shimbun