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June 13, 2006

Minato Ward & Temple Join Forces

Temple University, Japan and Minato Ward, Tokyo, have concluded a basic agreement to collaborate in fostering international understanding and cross-cultural communication. Minato Ward Mayor, Masaaki Takei said his ward had formed a partnership with the institution to offer better services as "one of the nation's richest municipalities in terms of internationalism." The ward has many foreign residents residing there as well as numerous foreign embassies. Both parties will offer their services and resources to each other in the fields of education, culture and community development. TUJ will offer two programs during its summer vacation; a seminar on English teaching for teachers as well as a summer program for middle school students. The Minato Ward office will allow those studying and working at TUJ to use the ward's sports facilities at discounted rates. "We hope to provide opportunities for those who live and work in Minato [Ward] to acquire the communication skills necessary to be truly global citizens," said TUJ Dean Kirk Patterson.
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