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Students at the Prefectural University of Hiroshima on Friday said that they have received a paper crane from former U.S. President Barack Obama to complete their senbazuru (1,000 origami cranes) wishing for a peaceful future.

Earlier this month, students who are part of the school’s Obama Project visited Washington and met with a staff member of the Obama Foundation in order to hand over a piece of origami paper and a letter asking Obama to visit Hiroshima again. Paper cranes are viewed as a symbol of peace in Hiroshima. The following day they received a paper crane with Obama’s signature and a letter that said: “I am pleased to share the one-thousandth crane with you — a symbol of the limitless potential in each of you and each one of the students who wrote me such thoughtful and inspiring letters.”

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