With the weak economy resulting in fewer families coming to Japan, international schools here are exploring new ways to attract students.

It's a challenge that's difficult enough for schools in the main urban centers, so spare a thought for those in smaller cities. Since arriving at Hiroshima International School (HIS) 18 months ago, principal Mark Exton has been on a mission to raise both student numbers and the school's profile.

Exton's proactive attitude is paying off. It led to an opportunity to host the Think Global School (TGS), the world's only traveling boarding school, whose high school students are currently here for their spring term.