Boy, 9, awarded for coin design urging recovery

Kyodo

The Finance Ministry has selected three new designs for commemorative coins, including one by a 9-year-old boy depicting his desire for the nation’s early recovery from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Taichi Kojima, a fourth-grader at an elementary school in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, along with two adults, aged 40 and 60, were selected after the ministry sought ideas for the coins, which are to be presented to people who buy large amounts of the government-issued reconstruction bonds.

Kojima’s design, which depicts a boy holding two national flags with a message in the background stating, “Cheer up, Japan,” will appear on one side of ¥1,000 silver coins.

The government has said it will give a ¥10,000 gold coin for every bondholding worth ¥10 million as of July 15, 2015, and a silver coin for every ¥1 million holding.