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Japanese NGO to relaunch street clean-up campaign

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Japanese civic group that came to Taiwan last year to clean up the streets will relaunch the program in Taipei later this month to thank the country for its humanitarian relief after the devastating March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan.

The Nagoya-based non-government organization Earth (NGO Earth) said it decided to visit Taiwan again because it was impressed with local people's passion and hospitality.

Dressed in costumes of “Kamen Rider,” a popular Japanese manga and anime series, the group drew the participation of more than 200 local people who helped pick up trash in downtown Taipei in 2012.

While last year's event was organized by the Japanese group, the campaign this year will have local coordination, making the event a joint effort aimed at highlighting the friendship between Taiwan and Japan, according to NGO Earth.

The trash-picking will take place from 1:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on March 9, with the mustering point at Taipei Municipal Song Shan Primary School.

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