Inauguration of Junko bas-relief at a school in Quang Nam


(QNO) - The bas-relief of Junko has just been inauguarted at the namesake primary school with the support from the Junko Association in Japan.

Junko relief inauguration. Photo:

The bas-relief is put at the gate of Junko Primary School in Dien Phuoc commune (Dien Ban town).

It is made of white marble associated with Junko’s portrait and the school’s formation process in both Vietnamese and Japanese.

Earlier, the Junko Association in Japan had a permission letter relating to the installation of Junko Takahashi’s portrait bas-relief and her brief biography at Junko Primary School in order to show the increasingly stable and good relationship between the people of Vietnam and Japan.

In 1993, Junko Takahashi - a third-year student of Meiji Gakuin University in Japan visited Vietnam.

She was impressed and moved by the local warm-hearted and hospitable people.

Coming back to her hometown, Junko had a plan to help Vietnamese children with educational opportunities.

However, her cherished plans had to be pigeonholed when a traffic accident took her life on December 9, 1993.

Junko’s parents used the money from her funeral, insurance, and savings to fulfill her wishes. As a result, a school named after Junko was built in Dien Phuoc commune and put into use on September 4, 1995.

The school includes 2 floors with 8 classrooms, gymnasium, toilets and auxiliary facilities.

At Meiji Gakuin University, the Junko Association was formed to continue the unfinished mission of Junko - a kind-hearted student.

Every year, the association sends students to Junko Primary School to give scholarships to good pupils in poor studying conditions and to help the school with minor repair.

At the same time, Meiji Gakuin University also gives an annual chance of studying at this university with a full scholarship to a student from the University of Danang having received primary education at Junko Primary School.


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