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Exchange Program to Japan Fully Funded The JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths)

The JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a project advanced by the Japanese government from the standpoint of providing a sound foundation for strong solidarity within Asia through large-scale youth exchange.

For a five-year period since 2007, we are carrying out exchange programmes aimed at promoting mutual understanding and friendly relations.

As one of the implementing organizations for this programme, JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center) is in charge of conducting the programme in cooperation with various local governments, schools, and international exchange organizations in each area.

The programme has three types of specific projects: acceptance (invitation), dispatch, and exchange.Please refer to the following explanation for details.

JENESYS is an exchange programme to invite approximately 6,000 youths from overseas to Japan every year with a view towards promoting mutual understanding and friendship with Japanese youths and citizens.

JICE has been conducting a short-term invitation programme, inviting 3,000 to 4,000 youngsters to Japan each year.

A group of approximately 30 to 200 youths visits Japan and stays for around 10 days; first participating in a common programme in Tokyo, and then dividing into subgroups of 20 to 30 youths, each joining a local programme. Group programmes are mainly composed of school visits and home stays to promote mutual understanding, friendship, and trust through firsthand exchange with Japanese students and local residents. For some specific fields, we also offer programmes that combine exchange and training.

[ Participating Countries ]

ASEAN member countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar), India, China, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, SAARC member countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Afghanistan), etc.

1.Planning of Invitation Schedule
Discussion is held with the concerned government organizations of the invited countries and the Embassy of Japan to confirm invitation schedules.

2.Selection of the Invitees, Travel Arrangements, and Pre-departure Orientation
Selection is carried out with the cooperation of the above-mentioned organizations. After the invitees are selected, support for the acquisition of an entry visa to Japan is provided for participants. Before travel to Japan, pre-departure orientation is held for the participants to provide information about Japan. In order to alleviate participants' worries about language difficulties, Programme Coordinators specializing in the respective languages provide explanations during the orientation.

3.Planning and Adjustment of Programme in Japan
Through our nationwide network of branch offices and with the cooperation of local communities, schools, and international exchange groups in Japan, international exchange programmes including school visits, home stays, local interaction, workshops, Japanese culture experience, and visits to facilities are planned.

4.Programme Arrangement
Arrangements of lecturers, facilities to visit, transportation, meals, and accommodations shall be made to suit the various cultures, religions, customs, and ages of participants.

5.Programme Management
From the time the participants arrive in Japan until their return to their respective countries, the Programme Coordinators lead the participants as a group through the programme. Our staff takes care of the visiting youths with the greatest concern for safety management so that they may participate in the exchange programme without worry and return to their home countries safely.

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