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Monday, 13th June 2011
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Tiles swept away by tsunami to be reused in Tokyo Station

Tiles which were swept away from their factory by March's devastating tsunami are set to be reused in the redevelopment of Tokyo's main railway station.

Around 40,000 tiles - which were collected by employees of a Miyagi Prefecture factory after the disaster - are to be used on the domed roof of Chiyoda's Tokyo Station, reports Daily Yomiuri Online.

The employees found the tiles one by one and began the pain-staking process of washing the dirt off of the tiles.

Akio Kumagai, the president of redevelopment company Kumagai Master Thatchers, told the news provider that it is right that the tiles are being used.

"Using them as a symbol of Tokyo Station will inspire courage in people's hearts and give momentum to recovery efforts," he said.

As well as the saved Japanese tiles, the domed roof of Tokyo Station will use material from Spain and other factories in Tokyo.

The railway hub was first opened in 1914 and is the busiest station in Japan.

Written by Mark Smith 

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