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A youth group has sold more than 2.5 million stickers designed to contribute 1 yen per sheet for the victims of the Niigata earthquakes, group members said Saturday.

“We want this project to become a model of reconstruction to connect quake-hit areas and the rest of Japan,” said Etsuo Miyazaki, head of the Ojiya Junior Chamber in Niigata Prefecture, which launched the project.

The stickers, which bear phrases to cheer up residents of Niigata Prefecture’s quake-hit Chuetsu region, are designed to publicize the region’s reconstruction efforts to the rest of Japan.

The project has attracted more than 100 sponsors, with stores across Japan beginning to stock bread, noodles, alcoholic drinks and other products bearing the stickers, the members said.

The group plans to use the money to help repair cultural heritage sites and finance the construction of temporary housing for quake victims.

“First of all, we want to repair the historic room in Jigen Temple in Ojiya that was depicted in a novel by Ryotaro Shiba,” Miyazaki said.

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