Japanese students gain American work experience on Okinawa

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Hideya Koja, an intern from Kadena Language Institute on Okinawa, works at the auto shop at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 31, 2016. "I've learned a lot of things from military personnel," he said. "It was difficult, but my English has improved." Jessica Bidwell/Stars and Stripes
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Hideya Koja, an intern from Kadena Language Institute on Okinawa, works at the auto shop at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 31, 2016. "I've learned a lot of things from military personnel," he said. "It was difficult, but my English has improved." Jessica Bidwell/Stars and Stripes

Japanese students gain American work experience on Okinawa

by: Jessica Bidwell | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 02, 2016
 CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Twelve Japanese students from an Okinawan vocational school worked across Kadena Air Base to broaden their English skills, learn about American business and better prepare themselves for the workforce.
 
The four-week internship, which wrapped up its 17th year on Thursday, is for second-year Kadena Language Institute students, ages 18 to 25. Interns are assigned to various facilities, where they use English to perform typical customer-service tasks, such as greeting visitors at a front desk, answering phones and assisting around an office.
 
Mikako Chinen, an intern from Kadena Language Institute on Okinawa, works as a telephone operator at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 31, 2016. During the four-week internship, Japanese students use English to perform typical customer-service tasks, such as greeting visitors at a front desk, answering phones and assisting around an office.
 
Mikako Chinen, an intern who worked as a telephone operator, said she was excited about the opportunity to work with Americans and use her newfound English skills.