MSPs hear of cricket equipment appeal for Japan's Tsunami children

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A charity which is sending cricket equipment to youngsters devastated by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has been promoted at Holyrood.

Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh, Masataka Tarahara met Scottish Tory MSPs, Alex Johnstone and Liz Smith.

He told them about the Cricket for Smiles charity.

The scheme which has already helped 1,000 Japanese children provides modified equipment to make playing sport possible.

The earthquake and the tsunami happened on 11 March, 2011, in North East Japan killing about 20,000 people.

Mr Tarahara said he was delighted with the progress made by the charity.

He added: "I think this project is wonderful, this enhances the friendly and co-operative relationship between Scotland and Japan, especially through the sport of cricket, we highly appreciate such wonderful support."

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