Sixteen Fukushima high school students arrived in Hungary

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Malév plane landed on Monday evening, a few minutes after six o'clock at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport, where forty journalists, twenty students from Hódmezővásárhely, mayor János Lázár, Ito Tecuo Japanese Ambassador to Hungary and Mihály Hardy, Budapest Airport spokesman welcomed the sixteen Japanese students.

The idea of ​​bringing Fukushima students to Hungary came from Hódmezővásárhely mayor János Lázár. The young people have been chosen by the Japanese embassy paying particular attention to the mayor's request to pick students that suffered losses in the nuclear disaster.

The entire project is funded by the municipality of Hódmezővásárhely and the Japanese students will be aided by local volunteers during their stay in Hungary -- until August 6.

"Four months have passed since the nuclear disaster in March, in which twenty thousand people died and more than one hundred thousand still living in shelters. All young people here suffered personal losses, their families have been torn apart by the disaster caused by the massive earthquake. The students will be vacationing in Hungary and I'm sure that they'll have fun time that give them strength to recover from the heavy losses and continue their regular lives " said Japanese ambassador Ito Tecuo.

The students are accommodated in a hotel and will be aided by students from the Szeged University Japanese language faculty.

Besides Hódmezővásárhely, the young people will visit Lake Balaton, Visegrád, Esztergom and Budapest. They will meet President Pál Schmitt and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as well.

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