City receives crosswalk safety flag donation for children

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Yaita Mayor Junichiro Saito, left, receives flags at the Yaita city office on July 26.

YAITA, Tochigi — A donation of 500 traffic crossing flags was made on July 26 to the city of Yaita, Tochigi Prefecture, as part of a local traffic safety project for 7-year-olds. The donation, made by the Tochigi headquarters of the National Federation of Workers and Consumers Kyosai Cooperatives, was presented to Yaita Mayor Junichiro Saito by the secretary general of the headquarters’ Nasu district steering committee at a presentation ceremony held at the city office. Yaita became the third city in the Nasu area to receive the flags after Nasu-Shiobara and Otawara.

“It was only recently that five schoolchildren were killed or injured in an accident in Yachimata, Chiba Prefecture, and we have just begun implementing safety checks in school zones. We’d like to be of service by distributing the flags to each school,” Saito said.