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Funds sent to Japanese Sister City after earthquake

The fundraiser generated $1,229 for Muroran City.
Residents queue to enter a supermarket in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, following an earthquake that hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Asian Culture Center ended its fundraiser for Knoxville's sister city in Japan, Muroran City, on Wednesday, Kumi Alderman, the Knox Asian Festival Executive Director said in an email.

The city got electric power back and are no longer troubled by a food shortage. Alderman said the city is recovering well.

When the Knox Asian Festival heard back from Muroran, they decided to end the fundraiser. The festival's efforts raised $1,229 by Wednesday morning and the non-profit sent the full donation Wednesday.

"Muroran City will use this funds toward the fee of blankets and electric generators that were used for shelters during the crisis," Alderman said.

Alderman added they appreciate the support and kind words from people across East Tennessee.