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July 20, 2005

Kyushu Students Off to California

An Oita prefecture news site reported recently on an exchange program that sends junior high school students to the US for a month each summer. Later this month, ten 9th graders from schools in the town of Kusu will leave for Manteca in California. They will study English each morning at the local academic center, while afternoons will be spent visiting local schools, old people's homes and other field trips to places like Yosemite National Park and the state capital of Sacramento. Weekends will be spent with host families. The trip costs around ¥500,000, of which 40% is covered by the local government. The students spent two evenings a week over the last couple of months taking preparatory English conversation classes at the town hall.
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