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A groundbreaking ceremony for a male-only boarding school being built by three major companies took place Thursday in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture.

Kaiyo Secondary Education School, a six-year facility that will be a combined junior high and high school for boys only, is due to open in April 2006. It is being set up as a breeding ground for future Japanese leaders by Nagoya-based companies Toyota Motor Corp., Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) and Chubu Electric Power Co.

Attending the ceremony were honorary Toyota Motor Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda, Toyota President Fujio Cho, JR Tokai Chairman Yoshiyuki Kasai and Chubu Electric Power President Fumio Kawaguchi. Toyoda heads the foundation that is preparing to launch the school.

The 130,000-sq.-meter facility, which is situated in a resort complex, will also have schoolhouses and dormitories to house the 120 students to be accepted in each grade.

Most children in Japan attend three-year junior high and high schools.

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