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    Aomori Prefecture Apple Countermeasures Council distributes "Aomori Apple Desk Pads" to elementary schools, including outside the prefecture

    Aomori Prefecture Apple Countermeasures Council distributes "Aomori Apple Desk Pads" to elementary schools, including outside the prefecture

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    On April 26th, the Aomori Prefecture Apple Countermeasures Council (Yasukata 2, Aomori City) announced that it will distribute "Aomori Apple Desk Pads" free of charge to elementary schools.

    The "Aomori Apple Desk Pads" are desk pads that the council has planned and published since the 1960s. They are mostly B5 size and contain information on apple varieties and cultivation methods. The council produces the desk pads every year, changing the design every two to three years. The desk pads being distributed this time were redesigned last year and feature the new mascot character "Rinta-kun" printed on them.

    The distribution of the "Aomori Apple Desk Pads" is a commemorative initiative marking 150 years since apples were brought to Aomori Prefecture in 1875 (Meiji 8). The initiative is aimed at increasing the number of "Aomori Apple" fans for the next generation. The condition for receiving the desks is that the desks are intended for use in elementary school social studies or local studies classes. Applications can also be made by class. The desks are open to elementary schools not only within Aomori Prefecture, but also outside the prefecture as long as they are within Japan.

    According to Momoko Satomura, a member of the council, the desk pads have been distributed to council members and provided to Hirosaki City in the past, but this is the first time they have been distributed to an elementary school through a public offering system. "There's an urban legend that any elementary school student in Aomori Prefecture can get one, but our association has never provided one to an elementary school before, so this is the first time," Satomura said.

    "The oldest writing pad in our collection is from 1975. If you have any writing pads from the 1960s, please contact us," he added.

    The deadline for applications is the end of June 2025. 10,000 copies will be distributed. Applications will be accepted via a dedicated form on the official website.

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