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Friday, June 15, 2012

U.S. students offer helping hand in Miyagi


SENDAI — U.S. high school students invited to Japan for volunteer activities in areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on Wednesday visited a high school in Sendai where they helped cook local food products.

The 200 youths — the first of around 1,000 American students who will be visiting in three groups through late July under a program organized by the Japan Foundation — arrived in the country Sunday and will stay until June 23.

Divided into subgroups, they are going to disaster-affected areas in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures.

At Meisei High School in Sendai, 23 students from Dobson High School in Arizona were briefed by a local teacher on the current situation in the disaster zone and efforts to rejuvenate the regional economy through local food products.

The U.S. participants, together with Japanese students, then made dishes using local miso and ate strawberries grown by farmers who were affected by the March 11, 2011, disasters.

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