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Sendai Ikuei to establish sister-school ties on Saipan

SENDAI Ikuei Gakuen High School officials met with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang on Wednesday to discuss a possible sisterhood relationship and student-exchange program with Saipan schools and students.

Sendai chairman and principal Takehiko Katoh said since they launched their exchange program in 1963, they have established 100 sister-school ties all over the world.

With Katoh during the meeting with Apatang were Sendai Ikuei Gakuen director Jun Ogata, Daiki Yamamoto, Takashi Ashikaga of Interior Design Niche and CNMI Honorary Tourism Ambassador Willie Matsumoto.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and his staff, including special assistant Henry Hofschneider, student program coordinator Yuki Kishimoto and grant writer Luise Villagomez pose with visiting Japanese educators from Sendai Ikuei Gakuen led by school principal Takehiko Katoh, director Jun Ogata, Daiki Yamamoto, Takashi Ashikaga and CNMI Honorary Tourism Ambassador Willie Matsumoto.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Katoh said at Sendai Ikuei, Saipan students can take intensive Japanese language classes.

Apatang, for his part, noted the importance of educational and cultural exchange programs, saying there’s also a need to teach local students about the history of Japan and its administration of the CNMI before World War II.

“Exchange programs also help maintain the good relationship between Japan and the NMI,” he added.

The mayor said his office will work with public and private schools on Saipan to create an exchange program with Sendai Ikuei Gakuen in the next school year.

Apatang at the same time encouraged Sendai Ikuei officials to continue to bring not only their students, but also their friends and colleagues to Saipan.

He also hopes that direct Japan-Saipan flights will be restored soon.