The relatively new Columban mission in Japan was continuing its great work. In late 1955, Columban Father George J. Bellas, oversaw the opening of Boys Town near Kumamoto, Japan and began as its first director. This foundation, modeled after the legendary Boys Town of Omaha, was an educational institution for troubled, abandoned, and orphaned boys from the ages of seven to eighteen, many of whom were originally housed in other Catholic orphanages in Japan. It received a great deal of support from the U.S. Armed Forces in Japan. The students at Boys Town learned various vocational trades, as well as standard school subjects such as reading and mathematics. The Columbans later transferred Boys Town to an order of Japanese Sisters. Nonetheless, the Columban work at Boys Town Japan gave a helping hand to countless disadvantages Japanese youth. At least one of the students at Boys Town, Takayoshi Watanabe, became a Catholic priest.