Amateur musicians organize a charity concert for Ukraine

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Amateur musicians in Japan called for support for Ukraine at a charity concert in Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo.

A Hitachinaka City-based organization held the concert on Sunday.

Ten groups of artists performed Japanese hits and Hawaiian music.

A Ukrainian, Yuliya Dzyabko, asked the public to show their support for the Ukrainians who remained in their country and those who were evacuated to Japan.

Dzyabko, who teaches communication studies at Ibaraki Christian University, said she was outraged by the Russian invasion, which killed a number of civilians.

The event was free but spectators could make a donation on site. In exchange for their support, they received badges in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian national flag.

Donations will be used to help Ukraine through the Japanese Red Cross.

A woman in her 80s said she was heartbroken by the situation in Ukraine and sympathized with Ukrainians after surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. She said she wanted to help them as much as possible.

Isozaki Kukio, leader of the group that organized the concert, said his organization aims to increase support for Ukraine in local communities and to facilitate the integration of people from there.

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