The Hong Kong Japanese School enters a new era with its new campus at Tai Po, close to the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The new campus will occupy 9,200 square metres and be able to accommodate 1,000 primary pupils between five and 11 years. Facilities will include 40 classrooms, administrative and academic blocks and sports facilities such as an indoor swimming pool and a basketball court. When the Hong Kong Japanese School opened in 1948, there were just 70 students and eight teachers. 'Today, we have more than 2,000 - 1,750 in our Happy Valley primary school and 450 in our North Point secondary. But as the Japanese School had reached capacity, we desperately needed a third school,' said the school's director of business administration Takeshi Komori at the school's ground-breaking ceremony. The new Hong Kong Japanese School will accept pupils of different nationalities who apply for a place, whether or not the child speaks Japanese.