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April 14, 2003

Site Chosen For Okinawa Grad School

Onnason, in the north of Okinawa Prefecture, has been chosen as the site for a new graduate school to be opened in September 2007. The site is widely known for its natural beauty and as the location of the Manza resort. As ELT News reported on August 21st, 2002 "half of its faculty and student body are to be made up of non-Japanese and lectures are to be given in English. Generous 'ex-pat' packages are expected to be used to attract the best of foreign staff." In an unrelated story, about 1,300 signs in Okinawa written in romaji (the roman alphabet) are to be changed over the next five years. The Okinawa General Bureau of the Cabinet Office is to make the signs easier to read and understand. An example is that for Fukushu-en, a Chinese-style garden in Naha, which will be changed to "Fukushuen Garden."

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