Scholarship Honoring Historical Figures Starts in Yamaguchi

Politics

Hagi, Yamaguchi Pref., Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--The city government of Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, has initiated a scholarship program to help local high school graduates enter the world's top universities, in honor of Hirobumi Ito, the country's first prime minister, and other local historical figures who studied abroad.

The program was inspired by the Choshu Five members of the Choshu domain, the predecessor to Yamaguchi, who smuggled themselves to Britain in the late Edo period that ended in 1868, learned the Western culture and contributed to Japan's modernization. Ito and Kaoru Inoue, the country's first foreign minister, were among the five.

The grant program to offer up to a total of 5.5 million yen per person does not require recipients to return to Hagi after their graduation from universities.

"I think the amount of 5.5 million yen is large, compared with (scholarships offered by) other municipalities," an official of the city government's education policy division said.

Individuals eligible for the program are those who have attended for three years and graduated from high schools in Hagi or the neighboring town of Abu while living in Hagi.

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