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Japan team, world cup 2019

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Scotland sports news correspondent

Scotland's world cup opponents Japan know how to win, but before their 2011 victory came tragedy of an unimaginable kind.

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Japan’s phone to the dead

A telephone for grief after the Japanese tsunami
In the small town of Otsuchi in northern Japan, 2,000 residents were lost in the tsunami in 2011. 
 
One resident, who had already been grieving his cousin before the tsunami hit, had the idea of placing an old phone booth at the bottom of his garden with a disconnected rotary phone. He would ring his cousin’s number and his words would "be carried on the wind" as he spoke to him.
 
After the tsunami hit, and word about the wind phone spread, many more people have come to Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, to call those they have lost.
 
Camera: Taiki Fujitani
Producer: Sarah Cuddon and Sophia Smith Galer