On September 18, 2014, Xavier High School in Micronesia was visited by the Japanese Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Masaki Sakai. Ambassador Sakai came to Xavier to talk about the kizuna (Japanese for “strong ties”) between the Federated States of Micronesia and Japan. An example of the kizuna between Xavier and Japan is the Ushiba Scholarship whereby each year one Xavier senior will attend the Jesuit-run Sophia University in Japan with all tuition, room, board, and travel paid.
This event was held at the student center adjacent to the main building, which was previously the Japanese communication center during the World War II. In his lecture, Ambassador Sakai spoke of the economy, vocabulary, population, history, and food of the two countries, all to help illustrate the relationship between Micronesia and Japan. After his lecture, the Xavier community gave him a small wooden canoe as a token of their friendship. The canoe represents the school’s mascot, the Navigator.