UM to open Japanese Saturday school in Oxford

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi plans to open a Japanese Saturday school for children whose families are moving from Japan to work at a Toyota plant in Blue Springs.

Educators say the school, which will be established at Della Davidson Elementary in Oxford, will draw Japanese students from all over northern Mississippi.

It's scheduled to open in April of next year. The school will allow Japanese children whose parents work at the Blue Springs Toyota plant or its suppliers to keep up with their home country.

The children will attend regular classes during the week and take the Japanese lessons on Saturdays.

It will be the second such school in Mississippi - a Japanese Saturday school opened in Jackson a few years ago when Nissan built a plant in Madison County.

Toyota's new plant is expected to employ 2,000 when it opens in 2010 and later expand to 4,000 employees.

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