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The bears are on the loose in Japan

As symbol for world peace and mutual understanding, the “United Buddy Bears” exhibit opened in conjunction with the start of “German Year in Japan”.|Shortly after the festive inauguration of “German Year in Japan” on April 4, 2005 by German President Horst Köhler and Japanese Prime Minister Jyunichiro Koizumi, the Berlin-based “United Buddy Bears” exhibit opened in Roppongi Hills, one of Tokyo’s fashionable new urban areas. Visitors and tourists flock to the area for the shops and the restaurants or to meet friends. Now Roppongi Hills has become the temporary new home for 127 Buddy Bears designed by artists from across the globe, each colorful bear statue representing one of the member states of the United Nations. Merck Japan is a patron of 10 bears and official sponsor of the Germany Bear.

The idea to promote world peace and mutual understanding among nations with this traveling exhibition originated in Berlin in 2003. Since that time, “United Buddy Bears” has traveled to many different locations and attracted numerous sponsors. Proceeds from the exhibition are donated to child advocacy organizations such as UNICEF. Now, as part of “German Year in Japan,” the bears are on the loose in Tokyo.


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