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By Bill Tatsuda


March 19, 2007
Monday AM

Darrell Hargraves, Ketchikan School Superintendent at the time, started the Ketchikan-Kanayama Exchange Program in 1986. Rosie Roppel took the first group of kids to Japan. Christa Bruce was the first exchange teacher to spend a year teaching in Kanayama with her husband Jim and two sons.

I went to Kanayama in 1988 with 5 other businessmen from Ketchikan. As a result of our trip Ketchikan sent a Nathan Jackson Eagle Bear Totem Pole to Kanayamain 1989, and they returned the favor by sending the suit of armor and a Japanese screen to Ketchikan in 1992. I went to Kanayama again as a chaperone in 1992.

This is one of the best exchange programs in the world and should be continued. The number of residents of both cities who have been impacted in a positive way numbers in the thousands.

Bill Tatsuda
Ketchikan, AK

Received March 14, 2007 - Published March 19, 2007

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