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Utterly senseless carnage in New Zealand requires cool objectivity

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Christchurch, the third largest city in New Zealand and home to the sprawling Botanic Gardens, is said to be the "most British city" outside of the United Kingdom.

But it took a major earthquake to make Christchurch a household word in Japan.

Less than three weeks before the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, a devastating temblor struck Christchurch on Feb. 22, killing 185 people. The victims included 28 Japanese citizens who were students at a language school in a building that was destroyed by the quake.

In the process........

© The Asahi Shimbun