Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths
In January 2007 at the Second East Asia Summit (EAS), Mr Shinzo Abe, then Prime Minister of Japan announced a plan to implement a ￥35-billion youth exchange programme, inviting about 6,000 young people to Japan mainly from the EAS member states every year for the next five years. Based on this plan, the Government of Japan has launched the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS). This programme aims to deepen understanding of the different faces of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics and cultures and to form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generations of East Asia.
The JENESYS programme is organised by Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA). JOCA is an official agent which has undertaken all the necessary arrangements for this short-term invitation programme under the guidance of the Japanese Government.
The objectives of JENESYS are:
- To promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
- To encourage an understanding of Japan's economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations.
Essays and reports from the past participants
Past JENESYS Programme in 2019
(1) Group 1A: Peace-building, history and culture (in Tokyo and Hiroshima)
This course focuses on introducing building peaceful societies, Japanese culture and history which forms Japanese society, by visiting historical and peace memorial sites in Tokyo and Hiroshima. The participants are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan's policies for building peaceful societies, Japanese culture and history by interacting with local people, exchanging ideas with Japanese students, and experiencing homestay.
(2) Group 1B: Sports (in Tokyo and Oita)
This course focuses on introducing sports, by visiting typical sites in Tokyo and Oita. The participants are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan's policies for sports by interacting with local people, exchanging ideas with Japanese students, and experiencing homestay.
Duration: 7 nights 8 days
Date of arrival in Japan: 12 November, 2019
Date of departure from Japan: 19 November, 2019
*Language spoken during the programme: English
*14 participants from other Pacific Islands Countries will join.
*Participants will be required to write a report and to submit it to Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the University of the South Pacific.
Qualifications for Participations - Applicants should meet the following criteria:
To understand and agree with the aims of JENESYS 2019,
To have New Zealand citizenship and valid New Zealand Passport holder,
To be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or a graduate student at a university,
To be selected by the Embassy chosen University professors or lecturers in Japanese,
To be aged between 18 and 35,
To have not participated in any programme initiated by the Japanese Government, including all kinds of JENESYS and KIZUNA programmes,
To be in good health.