Members of the ruling coalition on Monday presented New Year’s gifts of 5,000 yen to children evacuated earlier this year from Miyake Island in the wake of volcanic eruptions there, coalition officials said.
Some 2 million yen in “otoshidama,” a traditional Japanese gift usually given to children during the New Year’s holiday consisting of colorful envelopes containing cash, was delivered by secretaries general of the tripartite ruling bloc to Miyake Village Mayor Ko Hasegawa at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office.
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