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IYA2009 Grand Finale in Kobe — Day 1

6 Dec 2009, 10:46 UTC
IYA2009 Grand Finale in Kobe — Day 1
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IYA2009 Grand Finale in Kobe -- Day 1
IYA2009 Grand Finale in Japan is being held in Kobe from December 5 to 6. The first day’s program was “Let’s talk about the IYA2009″, and was held in Hyogo Prefecture Legation. My primary task on that day was to introduce the IYA2009 flag flown to space as one of the Space Shuttle Official Flight Kits (OFKs), which was returned to the IYA2009 Japan Committee. There was also a commendation ceremony of IYA2009 Essay Award that I served as one of the selection committee members. The winner was Ms. Rikako Hinoki who wrote an essay entitled “We deliver stars” that deals with human relations achieved through star parties. Congratulations! The essays will be printed on aluminum plates and will be sent to Venus onboard Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki”. In the end of the program on that day, a declaration entitled “From IYA2009 to the future” was adopted by the participants.

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