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Students of Takata Higashi Junior High School (Rikuzentakata-city, Iwate prefecture) visits the Ministry of Defense

Students of Takata Higashi Junior High School (Rikuzentakata-city, Iwate prefecture) visits the Ministry of Defense
Students of Takata Higashi Junior High School (Rikuzentakata-city, Iwate prefecture) visits the Ministry of Defense

On 15 April, five students of Takata Higashi Junior High School visited the Ministry of Defense (MOD) during their school trip to Tokyo to express their gratitude for the operations of the MOD and Self Defense Forces (SDF) in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Last April, 3 city schools were integrated to form this relatively new school, Takata Higashi Junior High School. As a result, the students wear different uniforms since they are still using the original uniforms of their respective schools. Prior to their arrival, the students took the initiative to make a “card about the earthquake,” hoping to convey their experiences and lessons learned in the disaster to as many people as possible in preparation for future disasters. They gave the card to the MOD as a present then showcased the Japanese-style cheering routine that they practiced.

On behalf of the MOD/SDF, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kihara welcomed the students. He said to them, “We would like to thank you too for taking time out of your school trip to visit our ministry,” and “We hope that you will play a leading role for Takata Higashi Junior High as a newly established school after the quake.” Major General Yamamoto, Colonel Nishiobino, and other officials dispatched to Rikuzentakata-city and Iwate prefecture along with the ministry‘s official characters, Prince Pickles and Ms. Parsley also gathered to meet the students. Meeting with the promising young students, the MOD officials once again recognized the significance of carrying out our duties and reaffirmed the determination of defending our country. We were happy to have them at the ministry.

Costume Mascot of Prince Pickles and Ms. Parsley

(Left): Ms. Parsley (Right): Prince Pickles
(Left): Ms. Parsley (Right): Prince Pickles

With their charming big eyes and adorable smile, cutie costume mascot of Prince Pickles and Ms. Parsley newly joined the MOD Public Information Exhibition Room in Ichigaya, Tokyo, from this April. They are the official cartoon character of MOD/SDF. As a beloved character, they will be in public in various MOD/SDF’s events, and they will also welcome the participants of Ichigayadai-tour in ordinary times.

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