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Japan group distributes food, backpacks

A GROUP of Japanese nationals once again distributed relief assistance to typhoon victims on Saturday, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion said.

Free Spam sushi, bottled water, ramen noodles and Saipanda backpacks were given away to Saipan residents during a typhoon relief drive at the San Antonio basketball court. The event started at 2 p.m.

Last week, the group distributed free food at the Koblerville soccer field.

MVA expressed its appreciation to Furusato Restaurant, H-Mart and CBS or Come Back Smile Saipan group for their generosity, Concepcion said.

From left, Mayuki Policare of Heart of Gold Dive Shop, MVA Marketing Manager Thomas Kim, Naoki Oura of Old B Bank, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris A. Concepcion, Shunsuke Katagiri of Okadaya, Tadaaki Wakasugi of Aqua Gate Saipan Dive Shop, Mayumi Suzuki of Okadaya, Ruth Sablan, Hideaki Sawada, Roy Sablan, Nancy Florentino, Julie Arellano, Marina Estrada of Furusato Restaurant, and Kana Wakasugi of Aqua Gate Saipan Dive Shop.  Contributed photoFrom left, Mayuki Policare of Heart of Gold Dive Shop, MVA Marketing Manager Thomas Kim, Naoki Oura of Old B Bank, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris A. Concepcion, Shunsuke Katagiri of Okadaya, Tadaaki Wakasugi of Aqua Gate Saipan Dive Shop, Mayumi Suzuki of Okadaya, Ruth Sablan, Hideaki Sawada, Roy Sablan, Nancy Florentino, Julie Arellano, Marina Estrada of Furusato Restaurant, and Kana Wakasugi of Aqua Gate Saipan Dive Shop. Contributed photo

“The children’s eyes were lit up when they got their Saipanda backpacks, and the adults were pleased with their free Spam sushi,” he added. 

“We again thank the Japanese community for coming out like this in solidarity with the people of the CNMI. We are grateful.”

Concepcion joined the group in  distributing Spam sushi from Furusato Restaurant, sparkling water from H-Mart, Saipanda backpacks from MVA, and ramen noodles from CBS Saipan.

 CBS Saipan is a locally based group of Japanese expats who have gathered to provide community relief support after Super Typhoon Yutu  hit Saipan and Tinian, Concepcion said.

He added that the group has started a Facebook page which they will update weekly to announce their next relief drive.