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Boston To Host Vigil For Japan Victims

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A woman stands on debris in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on March 20, 2011. Workers were close to restoring power to a nuclear plant's overheating reactors as the toll of dead or missing from Japan's worst natural disaster in nearly a century passed 20,000. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman stands on debris in Natori, Miyagi prefecture on March 20, 2011. Workers were close to restoring power to a nuclear plant’s overheating reactors as the toll of dead or missing from Japan’s worst natural disaster in nearly a century passed 20,000. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) – The Japan Society of Boston and the Old South Church in Boston have scheduled a vigil for the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The event is scheduled at 5 p.m. Monday at the Old South Church. Takeshi Hikihara, consul general of Japan Boston, is slated to attend the vigil.

According to the Japan Society, the gathering is for the Boston community to acknowledge the solidarity of Japan and Boston’s ties to the island nation, and to express sympathy for those affected by the disaster.

Japan’s officials say 8,450 people died and more than 12,900 are missing after the earthquake and tsunami struck earlier this month.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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