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Friday, March 2, 2012

Chinese students cook 'gyoza' for disaster evacuees

Kyodo

KORIYAMA, Fukushima Pref. — Former Chinese exchange students on Tuesday cooked "gyoza" dumplings for evacuees still living in temporary housing units in Fukushima Prefecture.

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Food aid: Former Chinese exchange students from Shanghai prepare "gyoza" dumplings Tuesday with disaster evacuees still living in temporary housing in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. KYODO

The students were among about 50 people from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology who visited the temporary housing in Koriyama to encourage the evacuees. The students and about 20 evacuees made the gyoza with local ingredients.

"I checked the radiation dosage in Fukushima but there was no problem. I'll tell (Chinese) people that Fukushima is safe after returning to China," said student Li Ting, 21, who lost relatives and friends in the quake that devastated Sichuan Province in 2008.

Chieko Oiwa, 77, who is staying in one of the housing units, helped to prepare the dumplings with the students. "The kitchen (in each unit) is so small that we have never made gyoza dumplings. . . . It was good fun," she said.

The Shanghai university organized the trip to help support March 11 victims and businesses still struggling under the cloud of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.



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