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Santa takes gourmet dinners to Japan nuclear evacuees

Published on Dec 17, 2013 11:46 AM

KORIYAMA, Japan (AFP) - When Santa arrived at a school hosting children who fled Japan's nuclear disaster, he brought the usual presents, but he also bore something a little less ordinary - gourmet Christmas dinner.

The "Caravan Bon Appetite" is an initiative of French chefs in Japan who originally rushed to help provide basic food to survivors of the huge earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 18,000 and wrecked whole towns.

"The idea came very quickly after the tragedy, and we started in April 2011," said Mr Frederic Madelaine, a pastry chef who works in Tokyo.

"The first week we travelled every day with a different chef to provide hot meals to hundreds of evacuees. The conditions were tough, but we had to do something," he said.

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