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Fukushima school founded to support reconstruction holds first graduation ceremony

Graduating students of Futaba Future School sing the alma mater at the inaugural graduation ceremony in the town of Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 1, 2018. (Mainichi)

HIRONO, Fukushima -- A high school founded in 2015 to train people to help with recovery from the nuclear disaster held its inaugural graduation ceremony here on March 1.

A total of 140 students from the prefectural Futaba Future School, including 92 from the Futaba district where the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant is located, received diplomas.

Former track athlete Dai Tamesue and TV advertising director, Hiroshi Sasaki, who served as lecturers at the school, attended the ceremony. School principal Junichi Tanno said, "You have recovered the things you lost in the disaster at this school. The world will change as much as you have changed."

A total of five prefectural high schools in the Futaba district were all temporarily closed in the spring of 2017 because the number of students had dropped sharply after the disaster even though classes continued in areas where the students evacuated. At Futaba Future School, which opened in April 2015, students choose from three courses with the aim to go on to university, become a top athlete or a specialist.

The school will move to a new building in the town and become an integrated junior and senior high school in April 2019.

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