On April 25, 2011 the Ambassador of Ukraine Mykola Kulinich took part at the presentation of Ryuichi Hirokawa, a prominent Japanese photo journalist, exhibition «Chernobyl-Fukushima». The exhibition was held under the Embassy support and was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe and an accident at the «Fukushima-1» nuclear plant.
R.Hirokawa’s peacekeeping activity is well known not only in Japan but also abroad. Since 1989 R. Hirokawa has visited the exclusion zone for more than 50 times. In 1991, in order to help children, affected by the 1986 tragedy, he founded the Chernobyl Children’s Fund of Japan, which, as of today, is one of the most active Japanese organizations, helping Ukrainians to cope with the consequences of the tragedy.
At the presentation the Ambassador handed to Mari Sasaki, the Fund’s Chief of the Secretariat, a Certificate of Merit from the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine. Ambassador conveyed his gratitude to M. Sasaki for her active help and her activity in organizing various events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster. At the same time the Ambassador assured those present at the event, that it is hard to overestimate the role of Chernobyl Children’s Fund in Ukraine. He said that with the help of the Fund, those families with children affected by the catastrophe regained the faith in the future.