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Feb 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


RESCUE TEAM: The Japanese rescue team preparing to fly to New Zealand.

JAPANESE rescue workers arriving in Christchurch today will be sent to the flattened CTV building.

Ten Japanese students are believed to be trapped under the rubble of the building and parents of the students are also expected to arrive this morning.

New Zealand’s search and rescue decision-making on the CTV building has been criticised.

Associate Professor Tadashi Jimbo, head of the Toyama College of Foreign Languages in Japan, was interviewed this morning on Radio NZ Morning Report.

He voiced the “frustration and irritation” that parents of the 10 students still missing are expressing.

“It has been half a day and not a single information trickled down,” he said.

Eleven of the original group have been rescued and Professor Jimbo said the Japanese people are not giving up hope on the missing 10 students, who come from the college.

The group of students had only arrived in New Zealand three days prior to the earthquake and were nine minutes away from their first lecture when the quake struck.

Radio New Zealand reported that rescue efforts were stopped at the CTV building yesterday but had re-started again last night.

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  1. I wonder why today is the first day we are hearing there were also 16 Chinese students in the building?

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