For seven days the nine-year-old boy has toured rescue centres across the tsunami-ravaged port of Ishinomaki. For seven days he has left disappointed.
Toshihito’s heartbreaking search for his parents has become a poignant symbol of Japan’s suffering. A week on from the tsunami that has left 6,500 dead and more than 10,300 missing, the boy still hopes to trace his father Kazuyuki, mother Noriko, grandmother Kyoko and his two cousins.
He last saw them trapped in a car as it was swept away by a 30-foot wave. Toshihito escaped the vehicle by smashing a window and he lost consciousness before rescuers pulled him from the water.
Since then, he has visited shelters holding a card emblazoned with his family’s names that reads: "I will come at 11 o’clock tomorrow, so please wait. I will come again tomorrow."
Aid workers and survivors can offer no information but each day Toshihito insists: "When the roads clear up, I will check our home."
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