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School opens in quake-hit northern Japan town with help of Qatari fund

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A brand-new school has actually opened up in the northeastern town of Onagawa, where hundreds of lives were shed in the 2011 quake and also tidal wave, with help from a federal government of Qatar alleviation fund.

A ¥1 billion ($9.4 million) payment from the state assisted cover some of the ¥5.3 billion invested in the job to develop a municipality-run school for primary and also junior high pupils in the Miyagi Prefecture neighborhood. The Japanese federal government additionally expanded aids for the job.

Qatar’s participation in the job started in 2012 when previous Emir Hamad container Khalifa Al-Thani introduced the Qatar Friendship Fund, a $100 million help fund planned to help locations of northeastern Japan ravaged by the calamity and also in requirement of restoration.

Speaking at an opening event Sunday at Onagawa Elementary and also Junior High School, Hinako Endo, 12, a trainee rep, claimed, “The town has been reborn. I want to learn and grow up with a big dream in my heart.”

“I will make efforts so I can inherit and prosper the town’s history and tradition,” the sixth-grader claimed.

An opening event of Onagawa Elementary and also Junior High School in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, is held at its gym Sunday. | KYODO

Only 55 out of the school’s 299 pupils were permitted to go to the event held in the gym because of safety measures versus coronavirus infection.

The occasion was live-streamed for various other students to see in their brand-new class.

The four-story schoolhouse is outfitted with photovoltaic panels so it can supply town locals with sanctuary and also power in time of a calamity.

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The angling town has actually experienced a decline in populace given that the quake and also tidal wave asserted some 800 lives, compeling 3 regional primary schools and also 2 middle schools to shutter and also incorporate right into the brand-new school improved a hillside at the main component of the town.

In enhancement to constructing a solid relationship in between individuals of Japan and also the gas-rich Middle East state, the Qatari fund concentrates on 4 locations — education and learning of kids, remediation of fisheries, stipulation of healthcare and also support to ventures — in helping rehab initiatives in calamity-hit locations.


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