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Funds for Ehime Maru memorial in Hawaii earmarked.

MATSUYAMA, Japan, Nov. 27 Kyodo

The Ehime prefectural government allocated funds in a supplementary budget Tuesday related to building a memorial in Hawaii for nine people lost in February when a Japanese fisheries training ship was struck and sunk by a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine off Hawaii.

The prefectural government earmarked a total of about 27 million yen to commemorate the victims of the Ehime Maru, including money to cover the cost of building the memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu and for the unveiling ceremony in February, which will coincide with the first anniversary of the accident.

The prefectural government also included in the budget 6 million yen to cover a joint memorial ceremony for the nine victims -- four high school students, two teachers and three crew members -- in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, in January next year.

A total of about 1,200 people, including bereaved family members, officials of Uwajima Fisheries High School to which the Ehime Maru belonged, and government officials are expected to attend the memorial ceremony.

The site in Honolulu where the memorial will be built will be loan-leased by the Hawaii state government free of charge.

The site faces the sea and is within view of both the site of the accident, which occurred off Diamond Head, and the final resting place of the Ehime Maru in the open sea off Hawaii.

A cooperative in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, is donating a black granite base for the memorial.

A memorial will also be built at the Uwajima school, but its construction will be funded by donations to the school.

The 499-ton fisheries training ship was struck and sunk by the U.S. submarine Greeneville on Feb. 9 off Hawaii as the submarine performed a rapid-surfacing drill for the benefit of civilian guests.

Remains of eight of the nine victims were recovered during a search of the ship that was called off Nov. 15. The body of Takeshi Mizuguchi, a 17-year-old student at the school, was not found.
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Date:Dec 3, 2001
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