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Japan Intercultural Organization raising funds

Quake, tsunami relief

Japan Intercultural Association organizes tsunami relief fund.

2011-03-23
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [3/14/2011]

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Japan Intercultural Association is organizing Japanese and domestic students to raise funds for Japanese disaster relief in wake of the largest earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s history.

The group is collecting donations on the main level of Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. Donations are being collected today until 6 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, March 15-18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Japan Intercultural Association students are assessing which relief agency should receive the funds. When the fundraising campaign ends, the group will report how much was raised and which agency was chosen to receive the funds.

The 40-member Japan Intercultural Association includes students from Japan and others with a strong interest in the country and its people.

A poster created by the group reads: “Don’t give up, Japan! We need your support!” The fact that most association members have family and friends in Japan prompted the group to take quick action, assisted by Centennial Student Union and university staff members.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

(NOTE: Media representatives may contact Japan Intercultural Association President Mitch Ruscin at mitchell.ruscin@mnsu.edu, and Vice President Naoyuki Tsuji at naoyuki.tsuji@mnsu.edu.)

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