In 2021, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, olive seeds donated to Naraha Town by Ambassador to Japan Cacusis, the hometown of the Olympic Games, through Yukihide Matsumoto and Mayor Naraha will be launched into space.
Naraha Town is an overseas country where the Secretariat of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Promotion Headquarters of the Cabinet Secretariat has provided support to the local governments of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures on September 11th (Friday). Greece was selected as the partner country as one of the “Thank you for the reconstruction host town” where you can interact with the residents while showing the reconstruction in the area. The olive seeds delivered this time are messages of gratitude collected from the International Space Station (ISS) from the 42 municipalities of Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate’s three affected prefectures through the “Tohoku Reconstruction Space Mission” project of the General Foundation One Earth. After being launched with, he returned to Naraha Town around July of the same year. The seeds are planted in Naraha Town, and they are also aiming to plant trees in Greece.
The olive seed delivery ceremony will be held on Monday, November 2nd at the Greek Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, with Ambassador Cacusis, Minister Asanasios Carapetas, and Counselor Georgios Partheniu in attendance. At the table, Greek Ambassador Cacusis said, “The olive tree is both a symbol of victory and a symbol of peace at the Olympic Games. I would like to give this kind as a proof that Naraha-cho has overcome the difficulties.” ..
In Naraha Town, which was selected as a “Thank you for reconstruction host town” with Greece as a partner country, the Olympics and Paralympics are held by faculty members and students who are from Greece or have studied abroad in Greece with the cooperation of the University of Tsukuba at elementary and junior high schools in the town. A class on Greek history and culture was just held on September 23rd. Mayor Matsumoto expressed his intention to promote further exchanges between the two countries, triggered by this exchange.
On the day of the delivery ceremony, Shinichi Yokoyama, Deputy Minister for Reconstruction, who acted as an intermediary with the Greek Republic, and Yoichi Hasegawa, Representative Director of One Earth, a general foundation, promotes the Tohoku Reconstruction Space Mission to carry olive seeds into space. , And Genjiro Jinno, a former member of the Fukushima Prefectural Assembly, who was the catalyst for the exchange between the Greek Republic and Naraha Town, was in attendance. In return, Mayor Matsumoto presented new rice harvested in Naraha Town, salmon and salmon roe that went up the Kido River that flows through the town, and Fukuyama Deputy Minister for Reconstruction presented a maple tree. Ambassador Cacusis presented a wine that Greece is proud of.
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