Students allowed back in Japan

Campbell River’s student exchange program with its Japanese sister city is back on track, after part of the program was cancelled this year.

Campbell River’s student exchange program with its Japanese sister city is back on track, after part of the program was cancelled this year.

Each year, Campbell River and Ishikari typically exchange two secondary students for an entire school year as part of a sister city commitment. However, in June it was announced that no students would be going to Japan in light of the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked parts of that country.

On Tuesday, Coun. Andy Adams, who sits on the Twinning Society Executive Board, said he had received some good news from the Ishikari International Association.

“I’m very, very pleased to announce…we’ve been given the green light to proceed with the senior exchange program next year,” Adams said.

Adams said two high school students have already been selected to go to Ishikari and have started training and language preparation. Adams reminded council that the younger students (aged 11-16) from Ishikari will be in Campbell River during spring break through the Young Ambassadors Program.

The senior exchange program involves students in Grades 9-11.

The students will depart for Japan in August and while there, live with six or seven families for about seven weeks each.