On May 4, delegates from an Okinawa municipal executive committee to promote a short-term study-abroad program (led by Nanjo Mayor Keishun Koja) signed a letter of agreement with Washington State University to accept Okinawa students during their stay in the U.S. The committee also signed a contract with North Seattle College. It is now in partnership with a total of four universities.
The committee is organized by Nanjo, Higashison, Nakagusuku, and Kita Nakagusuku. They jointly run a short-term study-abroad program to send about 40 junior and senior high school students in their communities to the U.S. for about 20 days from July to August. During the current fiscal year, the program is scheduled to take place from July 13 at Washington State University.
The delegates are visiting the U.S. from April 29 to May 6. They include Kita Nakagusuku Mayor Kunio Arakaki, Nakagusuku Mayor Keisuke Hamada, and Kazuyuki Higa, chairman of the Higashison education board. (Abridged)