The cemetery of tens of thousands of Korean refugees left with piles of rubble after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami

The ‘tombstone village’ built by Korean refugees on a Japanese cemetery was left with piles of rubble in the wake of the 2011 tsunami.

The ‘tombstone village’ built by Korean refugees on a Japanese cemetery was left with piles of rubble in the wake of the 2011 tsunami.

The ‘tombstone village’ built by Korean refugees on a Japanese cemetery was left with piles of rubble in the wake of the 2011 tsunami.

The ‘tombstone village’ built by Korean refugees on a Japanese cemetery was left with piles of rubble in the wake of the 2011 tsunami.

A group of Korean women look on as they watch Japanese workers dig the graves of relatives for a temporary home in a tombstone village on a graveyard in Minakami, Kumamoto, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, June 14, 2011. REUTERS/Amanda Matsunaga/File Photo

A group of Korean women look on as they watch Japanese workers dig the graves of relatives for a temporary home in a tombstone village on a graveyard in Minakami, Kumamoto, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, June 14, 2011. REUTERS/Amanda Matsunaga/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese workers digging graves for the temporary housing of Korean refugees in a “tombstone village” in Japan’s northeast are faced with the possibility of having to remove soil containing nuclear materials from the area.

The city of Kumamoto, where residents are now living, was home to tens of thousands of Koreans forced to leave their homes following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The town was built on a cemetery in which about 600 people had been buried, and Japanese officials have warned that the grave diggers could be forced to deal with radioactive soil in the future.

The cemetery contains the graves of about 700 people, including those who died of hunger or poor conditions in evacuation centres. The graveyard was built in the 1980s to hold those who died as a result of the disaster, when an earthquake and a tsunami killed about 20,000 in Kumamoto in one of the worst disasters in Japan in decades.

The project was

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