Remains of a Filipina and Her Daughter Identified in Japan’s Quake-hit NorthEast Region

PRESS RELEASE
Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that the remains of a Filipina and her daughter who perished from the 9.0 magnitude quake and the subsequent tsunamis that hit the northeast region of Japan were identified in Fukushima.

The Fukushima Iwaki Central Police Headquarters reported to the Philippine Honorary Consulate in Morioka that the remains of Mrs. Grace Agnes Oprecio-Hiruta, 45, was identified by her husband, Mr. Masahiro Hiruta.

The search and rescue team discovered the body of Mrs. Hiruta inside the vicinity of the house of a certain Mr. Suzuki on March 19 in Iwaki City, Fukushima.

The cause of death is tsunami-related.

Mrs. Hiruta’s daughter, Maria, 12, also perished from the twin disaster.

The family of Mrs. Hiruta in Paranaque City had been apprised of the incident.

The Embassy team is coordinating with Mrs.Hiruta’s relatives and is providing them appropriate assistance.

“We express our sincere condolences to the family,” said Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez.

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