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Nagoya, the biggest “small town” in Japan, has a reputation for being a somewhat quiet—albeit comfortable—place to live. Yet there is no doubt that this geographical heart of the country is a vital hub for global business and drives a significant portion of the Japanese economy. Aichi Prefecture is home to more than 600 foreign-owned companies, and the boom in its two leading industries, automotive and aerospace, is contributing to the growth and rise in investment—something US Consulate Nagoya principal officer Gary Schaefer wrote about in the May 2019 issue of The ACCJ Journal.

But a vital economic region is only as good as its infra­structure, and educational resources are a key part of that. The Chubu chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has a long-standing partnership with Nagoya International School (NIS), the oldest international pre-K–12 school in the region. Since the Chubu Walkathon fundraiser was first held in 1992, the US business community—together with NIS—has given back to the region through this annual family-friendly event.

The ACCJ Chubu chapter is pleased to help NIS celebrate its 55th anniversary and highlight its growth into a top-rate international school, attended by more than 500 students from 37 countries, by helping create facilities that keep pace with the needs of tomorrow.

EVOLVING EDUCATION
NIS was established in the 1960s, when the founders envisioned only a few hundred students would ever attend at once. It has grown over the decades, but remains a community school with a small-town feel, fostered and supported by its partnership with the community—including the ACCJ. However, growth has led to enrollment levels that exceed the facility’s capacity.

To address the need for expansion—in response to growth in the region from US and non-US businesses—NIS embarked on their 2020 Vision Project, which aims to create a new multi­purpose building to house state-of-the-art learning spaces for science, math, and the arts. The goal is to have the facilities completed by August 2020.

Also included is a variety of common spaces to be used for collaborative learning, play, and performance—something just as necessary as the classrooms.

CHAMBER CONNECTION
The Chubu business community, together with ACCJ members, worked with parents, alumni, and friends to ensure that the first fundraising goal was met. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 11 and was attended by ACCJ members and local officials, including Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Ohmura and Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura.

As the Chubu region continues to grow, the ACCJ Chubu chapter looks forward to working with key partners in the business community to ensure that the necessary resources are available to serve the expanding business landscape.

For more about the ACCJ Chubu chapter and its engagement with the local community, contact: chubu@accj.or.jp

As the Chubu region continues to grow, the ACCJ Chubu chapter looks forward to working with key partners in the business community to ensure that the necessary resources are available to serve the expanding business landscape.