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Ticket pic of the week: A face in Japan

Saki Watanabe gets Tested for Radiation in Fukushima Japan

You don't hear it in the American news so much anymore. But the pain continues in Japan after its triple tragedy of quake, tsunami and nuclear plant failures.

We wrote a while back right here about a previous experience we had with the Japanese dignity, grace and stoicism in handling a natural disaster.

So, naturally, this simple photo of Saki Watanabe jumped right out and hit us in the heart.

She's a resident of the hard-hit Fukushima prefecture and is undergoing what has become a regular experience for her family and neighbors: scanning for exposure to radiation.

You can read your own interpretation into this one.

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Reuters

 
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Sadly, Japan also has one of the lowest birthrates in the world, and hence the most rapidly aging populations.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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