Embassy of Japan in New Zealand



2017 JENESYS Report

13 February 2018


A delegation of 20 university students of New Zealand visited Japan between 29 November and 8 December 2017 with other youths from South Pacific Nations such as Australia and Samoa, as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Programme. This year’s JENESYS Programme had two themes; Building Peaceful Societies: History and Culture, and Disaster Prevention: Reconstruction from the Disaster. 10 New Zealanders studying the Japanese language and culture took part in the former theme, while the remaining 10, studying in areas related to architecture or disaster reconstruction, took part in the latter.

The Building Peaceful Societies and Disaster Prevention groups visited Nagasaki and Fukushima respectively, and spent time together in Tokyo. During this time they learned about Japan, its culture, and their respective themes, while also presenting a little about their home country through cultural performances, discussions, and home stays.

The participants had many meaningful experiences while also being friendship ambassadors; representing New Zealand people and promoting goodwill between New Zealand and Japan. We hope that this experience stays with them for many years to come.