600 Japanese Students To Spend A Month In Marianas

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Group plus 230 staff, ‘to immerse themselves in [CNMI’s] history’

By Jayson Camacho

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, June 10, 2014) – Six hundred Japanese students plus 230 staff and personnel will be visiting Saipan to immerse themselves in the history of the island this month.

According to Pacific Eagle Enterprise Inc. president Willie Matsumoto, the students will be arriving aboard a ship that will dock at Charlie Dock in Puerto Rico.

According to Matsumoto, the group is the 41st JC Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise "Tokai-go" and consists of 600 students. They are expected to arrive this Wednesday, June 11.

The 230 staff and personnel will be arriving today, June 10, to prepare for the students upon initial arrival at 11pm.

Matsumoto said the students will be staying on the ship while it is docked at Charlie Dock, while the staff and personnel will be staying at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.

"They will sail to Saipan for training, carrying youth who are responsible for creating the future of the next generation. The purpose of this visit is to learn the history of Saipan and experience tropical climate and fascinating culture of this beautiful island," Matsumoto said in an earlier email to Saipan Tribune.

The Japan Travel Bureau’s Pacific Micronesian Tour on Saipan and Pacific Eagle will be working closely with the group.

JC Tokai group will also be hosting a party at Fiesta Resort’s beach side.

JC Tokai is a Junior Chamber of Commerce in Tokai district in Aichi, Gifu, Mie, and Shizuoka prefectures in Japan.

They have visited Saipan three times ranging from 500 to 600 students in 2000, 2007, and 2010.

"I hope that they have a wonderful experience, make a bond of friendship and goodwill between Japan and CNMI even if they stay a limited time. Nowadays, I heard, the Japanese arrival is always going down, but we always encourage to sell our wonderful destination to [the] Japanese," Matsumoto said.

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