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On April 28, at Minamisoma City Culture Hall in Fukushima Prefecture, the Soka Gloria Brass Band gave two concerts for people affected by the nuclear disaster that followed the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. In total, the band performed to more than 2,000 people, including elementary and junior high school students.
Akishige Sugi, a member of the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education, commended the band for their heartfelt performances. Mr. Sugi also said that music and art have played a significant role in the process of recovering from the disaster.
The spirit of providing support and encouragement for people affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster was also extended by the Republic of Belarus through a Belarusian Children's Art Exhibition held at the Soka Gakkai Fukushima Culture Center in Koriyama City from April 16-22. The exhibition was sponsored by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan and supported by the Soka Gakkai Fukushima Youth Peace Conference. The Republic of Belarus was affected by nuclear fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
[Adapted from articles in the April 13 and 29, 2013, issues of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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