Bone fragments found in contaminated debris from the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture have been identified as belonging to a 7-year-old girl who went missing when the tsunami struck the area on March 11, 2011.
The bones of a human neck and chin were found on Dec 9 and a DNA test confirmed they belonged to Yuna Kimura, Fuji TV reported. Her scarf was also found. The rubble came from near her home which is still in a no-go zone, three kilometers from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Yuna's shoes were found in June 2012, but no other traces of her had been found since then.
Yuna's father Norio, 51, who now lives in Nagano Prefecture, was informed that his daughter's remains had been positively identified on Dec 22. He was quoted by local media as saying "I feel like I have received a Christmas present from my daughter."
Yuna was the only person from Okuma still missing since the disaster which also claimed the lives of her mother, 37, and grandfather, 77. Norio was unable to search for Yuna after being ordered to evacuate from the town on March 12, 2011.
He said the fact that his daughter's remains were near their home makes him feel like she has been calling out to him all the time, "I'm here."
The toll from the disaster in Fukushima Prefecture is currently 1,613 dead and 197 still missing.© Japan Today