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Thursday, 3rd July 2008
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Leader of Kawasaki volunteer nursing group honoured

A woman has been honoured for her work in the field of nursing care in her Kawasaki neighbourhood.

Keiko Suzuki, who leads a nursing care volunteer group, received the prize for outstanding community service by the Tokyo-based Japanese Research Association for Community Development.

The association expressed its high regard for the work of the group, claiming it to be a model for reviving regional community power in Japan's urban areas, reports the Daily Yomiuri.

Due to her energetic work, 61-year-old Ms Suzuki is often referred to as "super-nursemaid".

The group, named Suzu no Kai, responds to more than 600 nursing requests from local residents every year. It began as a collection of housewives and has received national notoriety as a successful example of mutual aid through nursing care provision.

A study of community power structures in Japanese towns and cities was recently undertaken by Yasumasa Kurodaof the University of Hawaii.