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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (January 10, 2001 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---Officials at Saipan's Hopwood Junior High School and Japan's Koshiji Junior High are pursuing plans to establish a formal sister school relationship, which would allow students to participate in home-stay programs.

Hopwood Principal David Borja said a four-day visit this month by more than 120 students, teachers and administrators from Koshiji is an initial step toward creating a harmonious relationship between the two junior high schools.

Borja said the Japan-Saipan Sports and Cultural Exchange Program provided the opportunity for the students to get to know each other and establish friendships in preparation for Hopwood's possible visit to Japan later this year.

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