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November 14, 2002

Let It Be-Was-Been

Sir Paul McCartney made a group of 16 Tokyo high school students and their teachers very happy this week. The students, whose English ability is lower than that of their classmates, wrote to McCartney to invite him to visit their school while on tour in Japan. To their surprise, they got a reply, inviting them to the former Beatle's show at Tokyo Dome. After the show, the rock legend joined the students in an impromptu English lesson, as they all sang Yesterday. The song and the history of the Beatles are featured in the Kitazono High School textbook. "I was really fascinated. He's a real superstar and was wonderful, as I expected," raved senior Yusaku Murata (18), who accompanied the "lesson" on guitar. "I hope the students also use this opportunity to study English," said teacher Fumiko Shiroki, adding that she never imagined they would be invited to the concert.

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