To Our Readers, Feb. 6, 1995

She was sitting in the rubble of earthquake-ravaged Kobe, weeping softly, when photographer Yoichi Kume found her. He captured the scene on film, but chose not to intrude on the woman's grief to ask her name. The photo appeared on the cover of last week's Time and was transmitted to newspapers around the world by Reuter--one of the most poignant images of Japan's worst natural disaster in a half-century.

Who was the woman? Ryoji Tachio, a reporter for the daily Tokyo Shimbun, was curious. Armed only with the photo, he set out last week in Kobe to find her. After...

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