Children of Fukushima, Japan

A total of 370 new students attended entrance ceremonies at two major universities in the city of Fukushima on Wednesday, resolving to work for reconstruction in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as well as the nuclear crisis.

“(Today is) the start for our dreams. We’ll put our utmost efforts into our campus life,” said Minori Sato, 18, one of about 120 new students at Fukushima University and the author of a drama about the northeastern prefecture’s recovery.

Sato’s drama drew national attention last fall when Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda quoted a line in his policy speech: “To be born in Fukushima, grow up in Fukushima…have children in Fukushima…and to end our days in Fukushima. That is our dream.”

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