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Japanese Students visit to Lake Oswego cancelled
by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
  Sunday March 27, 2011 - 11:08 AM
 
Travel plans of Japanese students of Yoshikawa City, Japan to visit their sister city students at Lake Oswego has been canceled.

The students had been scheduled meet their Sister City students in Lake Oswego between March 29 and April 5, hosted by local Oregon families.

On Wednesday, a Lake Oswego City representative stated, "as a result of the catastrophic events in Japan this year's visit has been canceled."

Nearly a dozen families had been assigned Japanese students and were looking forward to meeting their counterparts from Japan but understand why the visit had to be cancelled.

Japan's 9.0 earthquake and devastating tsunamis and now radiation poisoning from nuclear facilities have devastated families in Japan.

Yoshikawa City is located 20 miles northeast of Tokyo with a population around 60,000 people.

Middle schools in Japan have established cultural exchanges with man Junior High Schools. A few schools in each country have sponsored a Japanese Culture Club to promote relationships. It costs $55 to join the club at Pioneer Ridge, as an after-school sponsored program.

The mission of Pioneer Ridge Japanese Club, which is still being drawn up, will be to give our Junior High School students an opportunity to learn about Japan, and the Japanese students in the sixth, 7th and 8th grade will be able to learn about America. This additional program in Independence, as well as in Japan, will help to offer opportunities to another age group.

Glendale Elementary Students that participate in the Japanese Club performs in Independence as well as in other areas of the Metropolitan area of Kansas City because the program is run by the elementary music teacher. The Junior High group will not repeat or be exactly like the elementary program. It will be geared for an older age group.

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