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Crane Campaign

Date Posted: 2000-04-29

Residents’ groups in Nago City and Kin conducted a campaign to get the local citizens to make 1,000 paper cranes and send them to the former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi as a traditional well-wishing gift. Obuchi is hospitalized in a coma after he suffered a stroke in the beginning of this month. Nago City Chamber of Commerce brought up the idea, and obviously found a responsive audience, as more than 1,000 paper cranes arrived at the chamber office in three days. Delighted by the response, the chamber members decided to invite people to make 10,000 more cranes in order to make “Ten times sure that the Prime Minister will be well,” as one Nago City Chamber of Commerce member put it. The crane is revered in Japan as the symbol of health and long life, and accordingly pictures of cranes are a common sight in nation’s hospitals.

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