A new international boarding school aims to foster the next generation of global leaders in a unique setting.

The International School of Asia, Karuizawa opened its three-year boarding program on Sunday, on a campus in the resort town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture.

Of the inaugural group of 49 first-year students starting classes on Monday, 18 are from Japan and the rest hail from 14 countries around the world. This diverse student body and the fully residential nature of the school make it unique in Japan, ISAK's founder and board Chairman Lin Kobayashi said at the opening ceremony Sunday.