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Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017
International Paper Plane Association (hereinafter “the Association”) and Japan Airlines (hereinafter “JAL”) announced today that they will hold an annual JAL Origami Plane National Competition for children who have passed regional preliminary matches held in every region of Japan, starting fiscal year 2017.
The aim of these competitions is to stimulate dreams of the sky and friendship through Origami Plane activities, and increase opportunities to promote communications and culture exchanges. Furthermore, the Association and JAL will hold the JAL Origami Plane Asian Competition in November 2017, and the first-ever JAL Origami Plane World Competition in 2020.
JAL announced its Soraiku® Declaration of bringing up the future generation in November 2016 and launched new initiatives to let children feel the future more closely. The JAL Origami Plane Class, which marks its 10-year anniversary in 2017, is one of JAL Soraiku initiatives. Around 700 JAL Group employees are Association-certified instructors, who have been supporting JAL Origami Plane Classes held at various events and venues.
Takuo Toda, Chairman of International Paper Plane Association, said: “We are honored to work with Japan Airlines for Origami Plane Competitions. It is the first time that JAL’s name is placed in the titles of those competitions. Through further cooperation with JAL, we believe that the Origami Plane activities will become more and more popular.”
Yoshiharu Ueki, President of JAL, said: “The JAL Group is pleased to support the Origami Plane Competitions. Children are able to know more about the beautiful sky and the future by joining Origami Plane activities. JAL and International Paper Plane Association will be striving to expand communications among children in and out of Japan.”
The Association and JAL will continue to embrace new challenges to nurture the future generation through Origami Plane initiatives and expand international exchanges to connect Japan with the rest of the world.