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Toyota Motor Corp., Chubu Electric Power Co. and Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) opened a preparatory office Wednesday in Nagoya for a project to jointly run a school for junior high and high school education, officials of the three firms said.

The office, housed in the JR Tokai Nagoya Station building, is staffed with one official from each company, they said.

Toyota officials said earlier the school will probably be all-boys, providing junior high and high school education and on-campus housing. The school’s most probable location is Aichi Prefecture, though no firm decision has been made on when it will open, they said.

The school will emphasize shaping students’ characters and developing their skills rather than just preparing them to attend prestigious universities, they also said.

Setting up a school run by a joint stock company was proposed last fall by a group of prefectural governors, business leaders and academics advocating greater local autonomy. Toyota Chairman Hiroshi Okuda is one of the group members.

The group also said such a school would be part of growing efforts to groom internationally competitive Japanese.

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