April 23, 2012
According to the reports, a soccer ball swept away by last year’s Japanese tsunami was found on a shore of a remote island in Alaska, more than a year later and thousands of miles away.
The ball apparently belonged to the Osabe School (Iwate Prefecture) which is located on a hill and wasn’t seriously impacted by the tsunami.
The Japanese writings on the ball are boys’ names: Yuuki, Akinori and Shunsuke.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, who are working with the Japanese consulate to set up a process to return the ball, said that the soccer ball is likely the first identifiable item from the tsunami debris that could be returned to its previous owner.