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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Screenwriter launches homestays for child evacuees


ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido — Screenwriter So Kuramoto, known for his work on the television drama "Kitanokunikara" ("From the North Land"), has launched a homestay project in the Hokkaido city of Furano for elementary and junior high school students affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

About 20 families in the city have offered to host children and were expected to start accepting them in late April for an indefinite period of time, according to the project's organizing office.

Kuramoto placed an advertisement for the project in a local newspaper in quake-hit Fukushima Prefecture on April 12.

One family said it hopes a family with children of around the same age as its own would accept their child, while another said it would prefer to relocate its child to somewhere not affected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear crisis.

Kuramoto, 76, explained through the office that he was a child evacuee during World War II, moving from Tokyo to Yamagata Prefecture, and that he was able to build new relationships with people during that tough time through the help of other people.

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