Israel a hit with Japanese students

Thursday, June 07, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Visiting the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo has become the new “hot” thing to do for Japanese school students. Hundreds from schools across the Japanese capital have come to the embassy in recent months to learn more about the Jewish state and its representatives in Japan.

“In the past, visiting the Israeli Embassy was definitely not a fashionable thing to do,” said the information and culture advisor at the embassy, Shmulik Bass. “But now Israel has simply become a hit here and many students want to come and hear about Israel.”

Most of the groups that come consist of students between the ages of 12 and 16.

Bass noted that many of the groups of students are visiting other embassies too in the framework of studies dealing with international affairs. Nevertheless, “in the past no one visited us, and now we are one of the most popular embassies in Tokyo.”

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