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Japanese Studies students raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims

31 March 2011

HELPING HANDS: (From left) Visiting Fellow Dr Christopher McMorran, Department of Japanese Studies Head Assoc Prof Hendrik Meyer-Ohle with students at The Japanese Association of Singapore to hand over the donation proceeds and 1000 paper cranes
Students from the NUS Department of Japanese Studies recently organised a Send Love to Japan fund-raising drive, raising some S$62,797 for disaster-stricken Japan within two days. The proceeds were handed to The Japanese Association, Singapore and would in turn be given to the Singapore Red Cross Society which coordinates all relief efforts from Singapore. This is the first time that students of the Department have joined hands to organise such a donation drive.

"The Japanese Studies Department at NUS is in its 30th year and over the years Japan and the Japanese people have always supported the department and its students, be that here in Singapore or while in Japan. We are deeply connected to Japan and it was very heartening to see the generous response by the NUS community," said Head of the NUS Department of Japanese Studies Assoc Prof Hendrik Meyer-Ohle.

He added: "We are, of course, very proud of our students who organised this campaign spontaneously and at a time of the semester when they are normally busy with their studies."

NUS students and staff folded 1,000 paper cranes on which they wrote heartfelt messages. The messages will be sent to the people in Japan via various social networking tools. Currently, the paper cranes are hanging in the lobby of The Japanese Association in Singapore.

"We are really grateful for the overwhelming support from all the students and staff of NUS. It was heartwarming to learn that so many people were concerned about Japan. Our Japanese friends were also extremely touched when they heard about the event," said one of the student organisers.