Opening Ceremonies Held at 3 Schools in Japan’s Quake-Hit City; Children Greeted by Evacuees

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Children exchange words with evacuees on Thursday at Tada Elementary School in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture.

SUZU, Ishikawa — Ceremonies to mark the start of the third semester were held at three elementary and junior high schools in quake-hit Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday, two days later than scheduled.

All 68 students at Tada Elementary School were safe, and 30 of them came to school and attended the ceremony. After the ceremony held in the music room, the students visited the gymnasium, where quake evacuees are taking shelter, and encouraged them to hang tough together.

“Seeing my friends cheered me up,” a fourth grader whose home was affected by the disaster said.