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MTSU Students Aid in Japan Disaster Recovery

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (NELSON) --  Student volunteers from Middle Tennessee State University are headed to Japan to help with the nation’s ongoing disaster recovery.

Ten students and two professors from MTSU left the Mid-State Monday morning to participate in a restoration mission in Fukushima, Japan.

According to a press statement from Middle Tennessee State, 95 percent of the rubble remains to be cleared away following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that killed nearly 16,000 people.  

The MTSU students will join with other volunteers and help remove waste and make meals for survivor families.

MTSU student Preston Nalls is among those headed to Japan Monday. This is Nalls second visit there. He first visited Japan in 2008 and fell in love with the country and people.

“There’s a lot of people who have gotten bitten by the Japan bug. I guess you can say that. It’s just a great country, I mean, I love my country and everything but I just had a great experience and I know so many others just had a great experience in Japan. So we’re all trying to contribute to the country.”

The MTSU team will return to Tennessee June 15th.