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UC Riverside Banner Arrives in Japan


UC Riverside Banner Arrives in Japan

The university's Office of International Education sponsored week-long banner signing after earthquake and tsunami in Japan

(May 9, 2011)

Officials from Riverside and Sendai display a banner signed by hundreds on the UC Riverside campus following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.Enlarge

Officials from Riverside and Sendai display a banner signed by hundreds on the UC Riverside campus following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- A banner signed by hundreds at the University of California, Riverside following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan arrived late last week in Sendai, Japan, one of Riverside’s sister cities.

After the earthquake and tsunami, UC Riverside’s Office of International Education sponsored a week-long banner signing on campus. They also raised $4,700 of the $500,000 that a group of officials from Riverside brought to Sendai with the banner.

The City of Riverside continues to raise money. To date, more than $535,000 had been donated. Those interested in donating can visit www.riversideca.gov/sendairelief/ or call 951-826-5311.

Because Sendai is a sister city of Riverside, UCR has a number of relationships with Japanese institutions, including Tohoku University in Sendai, Josai University and Josai International University in Tokyo, and 18 others.

At the time of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, UCR had 12 graduate students, 23 undergraduates and 109 extension students who are from Japan. In addition, 11 UCR students were studying in Japan at the time the earthquake hit. They are all safe.

Several people with ties to UC Riverside received national and international media attention because of their stories related to the disaster in Japan

Akiko Kosaka, a UC Riverside Extension student, is from a town that was overcome by the tsunami. She had visual proof of the survival of her family through Japanese TV news and a clip posted on YouTube.

Maaya Suzuki, another UC Riverside Extension student, is from Iwake, a town about 50 kilometers from the compromised nuclear power plant. Her family survived the disasters, but her father, Umashi Suzuki, is a physician treating people who are suffering from exposure to the weather and injuries sustained in the disaster. She has returned to Japan now to try to help her family and friends.

Also, Maria Mendoza, a library assistant at UCR, has a son, Steve who teaches high school near the quake epicenter. She spent three days trying to reach him and finally succeeded.
In March, Mark Guillermo, a first year UC Riverside student, writes messages in Tagalog and Japanese to the victims of the disaster in Japan.Enlarge

In March, Mark Guillermo, a first year UC Riverside student, writes messages in Tagalog and Japanese to the victims of the disaster in Japan.

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