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April 12, 2004

First Stock Company-run School Opens

The country's first private school run by a stock company opened its doors on Saturday. Asahijuku Junior High School in Mitsu, Okayama Prefecture was founded by Asahigakuen, a legally incorporated educational institution based in the city of Okayama. The new school is a flagship of the government's efforts to deregulate the education system and give a boost to regional economies. The school will introduce many innovative measures, including teaching such classes as arts and music in English, and will not be restricted by education ministry guidelines. Another radical system is to refund all tuition fees to students deemed capable of entering their chosen high school if they should fail to do so.

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