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UCSD students launch campaign to raise money for Japanese quake victims

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - With Japanese reeling from a massive earthquake, tsunami and radioactive plume, UC San Diego students are launching a campaign to rasie $10,000 in donations.

The effort began with the school's Japanese Student Association, which is made up of first and second-generation Japanese-American students, many with family or friends in Japan, said Yuta Morinaga, the organization's spokesperson.

The Japanese Student Association joined with the UC San Diego Rady School of Management, International House and School of International Relations/Pacific Studies to form a coalition, "Help Japan," and launch a website, www.wepay.com/donate/helpjapan, to collect donations.

Students sold rice balls, or onigiri, on campus to raise money and made an arrangement with the tea shop Tapioca Express to donate 15 percent of its sales on March 29 to the "Help Japan" cause.

During the Japanese Student Association's annual event, Matsuri, on March 31, students will set up a donation booth and make 1,000 paper cranes to send to victims in Japan.

The group did not say how the cranes will be sent to Japan or distributed once there.

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