n.— «The community-based Koban program is celebrating its 10th year. Since starting in 1995, the program has provided a “safe haven” for hundreds of youths while offering educational assistance, mentoring, life and social skills, health and safety training, and various types of family support.…Koban, the Japanese term for police mini-station, was started in Columbia after then-police Chief Charles Austin visited Japan and had a vision to start a program locally.» —“Columbia’s Koban centers have given hundreds of youngsters a safe and nurturing place to spend their time” by Bertram Rantin The State (Columbia, S.C.) Feb. 23, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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