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March 17, 2011
Finance officials from the Group of Seven major industrialized countries have agreed on coordinated currency intervention to support Japan's economy following a devastating earthquake. It will mark the first time the G-7 countries have jointly intervened in currency markets since the fall of 2000. In a joint statement issued following emergency discussions, the G-7 officials said that the United States, Britain, Canada and the European Central Bank will join with Japan in a "concerted intervention" in currency markets Friday.
By JANET HEIM | April 29, 2010
BOONSBORO -- While tourists were flocking to Washington, D.C., for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, five Boonsboro High School students headed to the nation's capital for a different forum on Japanese culture - the National Japan Bowl. Japanese teacher Ayako Shiga, who is originally from Tokyo, has been teaching Japanese at Boonsboro High for four years. Each year, she has taken a group of students to the competition, which was started by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., in 1992.
August 13, 2005
Sixty years ago today, the American people heard the news. Japan had surrendered and World War II was, for all intents and purposes, over. Local World War II veterans who served in the Pacific Theater share their experiences of their time in the service and V-J Day. Read their stories in Sunday's Herald-Mail.
March 28, 2011
Susquehanna Bancshares, parent company of Susquehanna Bank, will match employee donations to four relief organizations that are working on recovery efforts in Japan: Save the Children, American Red Cross, World Vision and the International Medical Corps. Susquehanna selected the four charities for its Japan-relief campaign based on their reputation for providing immediate and long-term disaster relief, current efforts in response to the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami, and responsible stewardship of donated dollars.
November 16, 2009
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy faculty member Will Willis recently traveled to Portland, Ore., to participate in the conference on "Best Practices in Education for Sustainable Development," hosted by Fulbright Japan. Willis, Mercersburg's director of international programs who also coordinates sustainability efforts on campus, was selected from a national pool of nearly 120 educators. The conference between the United States and Japan took place Nov. 1 to 5. It included speeches, presentations, workshops and site visits to Portland-area schools.
By JANET HEIM | | March 18, 2011
The Japanese earthquake and tsunami might have hit thousands of miles from Washington County, but for the students in the Japanese National Honor Society at Boonsboro High School, the disaster hit close to home. Their Japanese language teacher, Ayako Shiga, is from Tokyo, and her immediate family lives in Japan. Shiga's students had been raising money for a trip to Japan this summer, but after realizing they probably would not be able to make the trip in light of recent events, they have offered to donate the money to relief efforts in Japan.
By JANET HEIM | | April 12, 2012
Less than a week ago, five Japanese language students from Boonsboro High School were on their way home from a spring break trip to Japan with their teacher, Ayako Shiga. On Saturday, the school's 25 Japanese students, including Japanese exchange student Yukiko Shinoda, will represent Boonsboro High at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade inWashington, D.C. “It's a huge privilege to be in the parade. We're walking behind the Japanese ambassador,” Shiga said. The students are to arrive at the school at 6 a.m. Saturday, with the parade kickoff at 10 a.m. The parade will mark the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossoms trees from Tokyo toWashington, D.C. Thanks to a grant from the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C.Foundation, money was provided for materials to build the “mikoshi” - a replica of a nonreligious portable shrine traditionally carried in Japan during harvest festivals.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | March 19, 2011
From Mexico to Japan, Spring Mills Middle School faculty and students have gone "global" in the classroom and beyond in the last two years. The school is one of eight statewide that is taking part in "Go Global," an interdisciplinary approach to learning through immersion in cultures well beyond "the bubble" of northern Berkeley County. Wildwood Middle School in Jefferson County also is participating in the initiative being run by West Virginia Center for Professional Development.
By HEATHER KEELS | | October 27, 2011
The governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan - Maryland's “sister state” - visited Boonsboro High School Thursday to thank the students for their donations to earthquake relief and formalize a “sister school” agreement with a high school in his prefecture. “Kanagawa has nine high schools that have sister-school relations with schools of Maryland,” Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa said at a ceremony in the auditorium. “Today, Boonsboro High School and Shichirigahama Senior High School formally establish a sister-school relationship, too. I wish that we will also conduct many exchange activities and nurture friendship for a long time to come.” Boonsboro High School Principal Peggy Pugh and Shichirigahama Senior High School Principal Koichi Yoshida then signed an “Educational Exchange Relationship” agreement to explore the possibility of cooperating in joint educational projects and seeking to expand and develop their relationship.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | April 28, 2013
Ayako Shiga knows how difficult it can be to learn a foreign language. When she was growing up in Tokyo, she failed her first semester of English in middle school. During a break that semester, she went to visit her father in Australia and couldn't answer the waiter when he asked her, in English, how old she was, because she didn't understand the question. Shiga said that last experience motivated her to learn English and apply to be a high school exchange student in America.
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