Visiting Japanese Students Meet With Mayor Henry

By Maureen Mespell
By Max Resnik

March 15, 2011 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Fushiki High School students from Takaoka, Japan met with Mayor Henry this morning.

During their visit, the students and Mayor Henry exchanged gifts and memorabilia. The students were obviously overjoyed at the opportunity to hang out with the Mayor in his office. In the backs of their minds though was the tragedy that unfolded on March 11.

Today we spoke with the group’s leader Tessei Nakano who had a message for his countrymen. He said, “Please take of themselves. We hope there’s no…much damage.”

Takaoka, Japan is southwest of Sendai, near the earthquake’s epicenter. It’s also southwest of the Fukushima Nuclear Plants. Takaoka remains unaffected by the tragedy for now. It’s what allowed the students to come to the Summit City. Nakano continued, “I was very shocked, but fortunately my area, where we are living, is not attacked by the earthquake so that’s why we are able to come here.”

The students arrived in Fort Wayne on Saturday and are visiting Bishop Luers High School, their sister school this week.

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