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After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that ravaged wide areas in the nation’s northeastern Tohoku region, a new word was coined that came to be widely used.

The word, “saigo” or “after the disaster,” reflected the enormity of the challenge of rebuilding devastated communities, which was compared to Japan’s reconstruction in the era of “sengo,” or “after World War II.”

Another newly minted, but less known word is “saikan,” or “between disasters.” Japanese folklorist Norio Akasaka wrote about this word in an article in the January issue of “Tosho,” a monthly magazine about books, published by Iwanami Shoten Publishers.

The word reflects the notion that we are living not in an era after a huge disaster but in an era between two........

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