Japanese exchange students at Oneida High School closely monitor situation overseas


ONEIDA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneida High School is closely monitoring the earthquake in Japan.

The high school has a long standing student exchange program with Shuri High School in Okinawa, Japan.

Ten Japanese students are in upstate New York right now, all high school juniors who arrived in the area on Saturday. The exchange students come to Oneida High School each March.

Okinawa is several hundred miles from where the earthquake took place, but the students spent Friday morning watching Japanese TV and getting in contact with their parents back home.

Oneida High School Exchange Program Advisor Jim Fiacco said the students are worried about their friends who were visiting Tokyo this week.

The Japanese students do not plan on cutting their trip short. They are scheduled to return to Japan on March 30.

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