MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti) - A group of 10 junior high school students from the Fukushima Prefecture have won an award in a global video contest for a short film depicting how bombs were attached to balloons by the Japanese military during World War II, the Japan Times reported Thursday.
"It made me realize how senseless war is and how wonderful it is to live in a peaceful country," 15-year old Miku Komatsu, one of the three students who attended the award ceremony on Wednesday in New Jersey, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The students from Nakoso First Junior High School created the five minute documentary as part of Panasonic's electronics corp. Kid Witness News video education program.
According to the group's video titled "There Once Was War Here", 9,000 balloons were filled with Bombs with 300 of which fell in the United States.
The group won the Best Witness Award out of the 500 participating schools.
A group of junior high students from Germany won the Grand Prize for a film on the Holocaust titled "Stumbling", listing the names of victims.
Other awards included a Best Concept Award won by US Students for a video about fighting world hunger while another group of students from Thailand were awarded the Best Cinematography Award for a video on pig farming as a major industry in a young boy's village.
The Panasonic Kids Witness News was launched in the US in 1989 and started the global contest in 2008.