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IWAKUNI MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, Japan — To continue a 40-year tradition, Iwakuni residents are encouraged to join cleanup projects this month at two waterside recreation areas.

The first, set for July 10 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., is aimed at tidying a section of the Nishiki River. Station residents will be assigned a portion of the river to work on, while local residents will do the same at different points.

A larger cleanup takes place July 13 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Tsuzu Beach, south of the base. Base residents will join more than 200 Japanese government, military and community members in a large-scale effort to clear the beach before it opens for the summer “so the people can enjoy this beach safely,” said Yukie Wada of Iwakuni’s public affairs community relations office.

Last year, more than 80 base residents participated, and the entire contingent collected more than 16,000 pounds of garbage, seaweed and driftwood, Wada said.

The effort, sponsored by Tsuzu District Social Welfare Association, started at least 40 years ago. Base residents often participate.

The projects help create nice areas for Iwakuni base residents to visit, give the military a chance to show support for its neighbors and allow individuals to provide assistance, said Capt. Stewart Upton, an Iwakuni spokesman.

To participate in the effort, contact Wada at DSN 253-5551.

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