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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Aug. 31) — The Japan Foundation has donated Japanese language materials valued at $3,300 to four schools in Palau.

The donations, channeled through the Embassy of Japan in Palau, were given to Palau Community College, Palau High School, Mindszenty High School and Maris Stella School last Aug. 25.

Embassy of Japan’s Chargé d’ Affaires Kiyoshi Suwa led the turnover of materials to the heads of the schools during a ceremony at the embassy in Meyuns.

Suwa expressed satisfaction over the increased interest in Japanese language instructions in Palau, saying that the new materials will help young people, particularly, students to learn more about Japanese language and culture.

Each of the schools’ representatives expressed thanks to the embassy for the donations. PCC dean of academic affairs Alvina Timarong, PHS principal Theodore Borja, MHS Japanese language teacher Nobuko Doi and Maris Stella School principal Felix Okabe were on hand to receive the donations.

They said the language materials would help students learn more about Japan by speaking and writing Nippongo as well as immersing themselves in Japan’s unique culture.

Timarong said PCC has revised the Japanese course outline through the assistance of its new instructor. PHS, on the other hand, has about 100 students learning Japanese this school year, Borja said. He added that there are four classes for Japanese language at PHS. Doi said MHS’s goal is for students to speak and write Japanese while Okabe said it is important for young people to learn Japanese.

September 1, 2004

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