Quake-hit high school holds first sports meet since Jan. quake

A high school in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast, has held its first school-wide event since a powerful earthquake hit the area on New Year's Day.

The school has reopened since the quake, and is also being used as an evacuation center. But 16 of its students are now taking classes online.

The school held an interclass volleyball tournament at a gymnasium in a nearby city on Tuesday, providing an opportunity for all the students to gather for the first time since the quake. About 250 of them attended.

Student council president Hira Takumi took the player's oath, calling on participants to fully enjoy the event and thanking teachers for making it happen.

A second-year student said he was happy to meet some of his friends for the first time in months, adding that he definitely wants to win the tournament.