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Japanese Citizen to Enroll at U.S. Naval Academy

June 16, 1989

TOKYO (AP) _ A 20-year-old man will become the first Japanese citizen to enroll in the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in recent years, U.S. officials say.

Keizo Kitagawa of Ube city in Yamaguchi prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, will enroll in the academy June 21 as one of 10 foreign students in the freshman class, the U.S. Embassy said.

Participants in the International Students Program at the academy have the same status as normal midshipmen, but cannot enter the U.S. armed forces after graduation because they are not U.S. citizens, the statement said.

Kitagawa studied in the United States for one year in elementary school, when his father was a visiting professor of engineering at the University of Michigan, and for one year during high school, the embassy said.

Nearly 200 foreign students applied for the 10 freshman class positions, the embassy said.

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