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Orkney schools introduce Japanese to timetables

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Two secondary schools in Orkney have some of the first in Scotland to introduce Japanese classes into their timetables.

There have been an increasing number of links built up between the islands and Japan in recent years, largely due to a shared interest in the potential of marine renewable energy.

Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar pupils are now learning Japanese.

Counterparts from a Japanese school have also been visiting this week.

Kirkwall Grammar depute head teacher Mark Colston said: "The ongoing emergence of the renewables industry in Orkney and the related interest in this coming from Japan, has created a need for Japanese language skills.

"By offering this opportunity to our pupils we are increasing their employability in this area."

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