Yaotsu Town

Fifty Friendship Blossoms were planted in Meiso Forest in Yaotsu Town on October 19, 2014. Yaotsu Town was home to Japanese diplomat Sugihara Chiune who saved over 6,000 Jewish people during the Holocaust by issuing them Japanese transit visas. JTB Group, a co-applicant for the Friendship Blossoms planting in Yaotsu, handled the transfers of funds from American Jewish relief organizations to Jewish refugees in Japan during WWII. The dogwood trees from Friendship Blossoms were planted alongside cherry trees planted as part of a five-year planting project called the “JTB Happy Earth Project,” with their juxtaposition symbolizing the friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

Dogwood Yaotsu Mayor Shingo Akatsuka Oct 19 2014

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