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April 13, 2005

Students Atone for Peer's Arson

A group of university students has completed an English translation of an anthology by atomic bomb survivors. The students at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture have been atoning for a crime by one of their peers since 2003, when 22-year old Junya Yamamoto burned thousands of paper cranes at a monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park. They have donated over a million origami cranes, symbolic peace offerings, to the monument since the arson attack. Yamamoto was quoted by police as saying he started the fire with a lighter because he was upset that he hadn't been able to find a job.

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