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Kumamon, the black bear-like mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, made a surprise visit to a local nursery school Friday to encourage children to be proactive in reducing the spread of the coronavirus — the character’s first public appearance in more than two months.

Around 40 preschool children, who stood spaced out in lines in the playground of Wakakusa nursery in Kosa, waved in delight when they saw Kumamon appear in front of them.

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