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April 26, 2004

Playing Games in Tochigi

English conversation classes started last week for the first time at five elementary schools in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. Lessons are entirely in English and make use of songs, dancing and card games. One student said, "I was nervous at first, but it was fun!" The city, which was given government approval to introduce deregulatory measures, plans to start lessons at all 22 primary schools next year. (photo: asahi.com)

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