Toyama group attends CTV hearing

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 16:37 25/07/2012
A group of 23 students and teachers of the Toyama College of Foreign Languages visited Victoria Park on February 21 last year as part of a familiarisation of Christchurch. The next day 12 were killed in the CTV building where they studied.

LOST: A group of 23 students and teachers of the Toyama College of Foreign Languages visited Victoria Park on February 21 last year as part of a familiarisation of Christchurch. The next day 12 were killed in the CTV building where they studied.

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A delegation from Japan was welcomed at the inquiry into the Canterbury Television building collapse this afternoon.

Twelve of the victims of the collapse in the February 2011 earthquake were students from the Toyama Language School.

The delegation included the vice-mayor of Toyama, Tsutomu Kasahara, members of the city assembly and a professor from the Toyama College of Foreign Languages.

The 12 Toyama victims had been on a three-week exchange.

The group had arrived in Christchurch on February 19 last year and were staying with families around the city.

Royal commission chairman Justice Mark Cooper welcomed the group.

"We're honoured by your presence,'' he said.

There had been a Toyama representative at the hearings previously, but this was the first time a delegation had been present.

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