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Sixteen young people chosen to go overseas

Date Posted: 2007-03-02

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has selected 16 young Okinawans to participate in its overseas programs supporting developing countries.

JICA recruiters say they chose more Okinawans than from any other prefecture. A total of 646 were selected for the two-year program. Starting in June, the 16 will travel to Namibia, Fiji or Papua, New Guinea. Officials say 46 Okinawans had applied for the program.

Four of the Okinawans were selected in the science and mathematics field, one from the tourism and sightseeing industry, one from computer sciences and 12 from miscellaneous disciplines and occupations. JICA recruits people in their 20’s and 30’s twice a year. JICA says Okinawa’s lead role averaged 4.2 persons selected per 100,000 population, the best average in the nation.

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