Education: Thirst for Knowledge

The Jap villagers of Kawaidani needed a new primary school in 1926, but they hardly had a yen to their name. Somebody suggested that if they saved all the money they blew on sake they could have schools aplenty. Last week, after 20 years of self-imposed prohibition, 310 Kawaidani farmers counted up their savings. They had piled up 2½ million yen—enough to build several schools. Their duty done, a new school opened, the village's entire population leaped off the wagon together.


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