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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 22, 1988 - Page 7

Japan, state
to open new
study center

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BY MARTIN OTT
A Michigan higher education
center planned in Japan will offer
Japanese language and cultural
educational benefits to students
under the umbrella of a 20-year-old
sister-state relationship between
Michigan and the Japanese
Prefecture of Shiga.
Governor James Blanchard and
Japan's Governor of the Shiga Pre-
fecture, Minoru Inaba, signed an
agreement Monday to establish the
"Japan Center for Michigan Univer-
sities," which is set to open by early
1990.
MICHIGAN State University
will administer the center, but stu-
dents from any of Michigan's 15
public universities will be eligible to
use the Shiga facility to study,
language and culture under Japanese
instructors and visiting American
professors.
Manfred Thullen, assistant dean
of International Studies and Pro-
grams at MSU, said 30 scholarships
have been proposed to fund study at
the Japanese Center.
Thullen said every state univer-
sity will participate on a council
which will decide enrollment criteria
and administer the programs.
BESIDES undergraduate study
for Michigan students, the Japanese
Center will provide English lan-
guage courses for Japanese students,
sponsor workshops and practical
seminars for both Japanese and
American professionals, andserve
as a headquarters for American re-
searchers and graduate students in
Japan.
"The government of the State of
Michigan views this as not only a
valuable academic opportunity but
also as a strengthening of both our
sister state relationship with the
Shiga Prefecture and our
relationship with Japan as a whole,"
said Deeda Stanczak, a student
services assistant in the Centers for
Chinese and Japanese Studies here
at the University.
Shiga Prefecture has pledged to
cover administrative costs and has

already started construction of the
center's facilities. The State of
Michigan has set aside money for
planning and preparation and has
pledged to help fund the 30 scholar-
ships to help financially disadvan-
taged students, Stanczak said.
Enrollment and scholarship levels
have yet to be decided.
BLANCHARD said Michigan's
business climate has created an in-
creasing need for American
familiarity with Japanese society
because more than 200 Japanese-
owned companies in Michigan
create over 18,000 jobs and invest
more than two million dollars in new
facilities.
"I hope the center will serve not
nly the people of Michigan but also
provide a place where our people
can learn the language and culture of
your people," Shiga Gov. Inaba said
through an interpreter during a news
conference at his first visit to
Michigan.
-The Associated Press
contributed to this story.
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