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Praying with Mozart for Fukushima

ROME (SE): A concert was held under the name of Mozart’s Requiem for Japan from the Vatican at the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls in Rome on March 11 to commemorate the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that wreaked havoc in Fukushima.

Organised under the patronage of the Japanese embassy to the Holy See, the musical evening asked for prayer for the victims of the disaster, the Vatican Information Service reported.

The Gioacchino Rossini Symphony Orchestra, from Pesaro, and the San Carlo Choir, from the same city, was conducted by Daniele Agiman in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

Entry was free and open to all as a remembrance for the tragic event which cost 15,884 lives in addition to another 2,636 missing and presumed dead.

At least 3,048 people have since committed suicide or died of physical or stress related illnesses and almost half a million people have been forced from their homes.


Both the emperor of Japan, Akihito, and the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, acknowledged the anniversary. Abe apologised that only 3.4 per cent of planned housing reconstruction has been completed, blaming a labour shortage.

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