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Happy New Year! There’s no better way to say it than with people worldwide sending a note of good cheer to someone in the Tohoku disaster zone.

A group based in western Japan is calling on young people to send heartening “genki” letters to residents in the area still recovering from the 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, building on the nebulous positive word that can mean anything from “energetic” to “good health.”

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