Work started Saturday to remove a giant can that has been lying on its side on a road in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, since it was swept there by tsunami last year.
Actually a tank used to store fish oil, the can used to stand in front of Kinoya Ishinomaki Suisan Co., a seafood processing company in Ishinomaki. Last year's disaster washed the can--10.8 meters high and nine meters in diameter--to the center divider of a prefectural street about 300 meters from the company.
The company considered keeping the can as a reminder of the March 11, 2011, catastrophe for future generations but decided to remove it out of consideration for residents who do not want to remember the disaster.
Work started shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, with heavy machinery used to cut the can. The removal is scheduled to be completed by Sunday.
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(Jiji Press )