Education: Rising Sun over Sweetwater

A new Japanese school in Tennessee aims to span two cultures

Sweetwater, Tenn., is so small (pop. 5,300), Southern and sedate that local teenagers consider it sport to ogle the traffic on Friday nights. Last week, however, residents had something unusual to engage their attention: Tennessee Meiji Gakuin, the first fully accredited Japanese high school in the U.S.

T.M.G. officials hope that the newly opened school will provide a way for Japanese families assigned to the U.S. to get their children an education similar to that offered in Japan. Until now, Japanese executives have either left their children behind or supplemented studies in American schools with special Saturday classes run by the...

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