131 university students who will be a future leader from ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and Timor-Leste, are scheduled to visit Japan from February 9th to 18th, 2020 as part of the Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs, JENESYS 2019 promoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

In the Program, the participants are divided into 5 groups based on the theme of common issues in Japan and Asia, such as Over tourism and sustainable tourism development Foreign Workers Quality education Food loss Awareness of disaster mitigation. They will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Aichi, Osaka, Miyagi prefecture respectively, under the common theme of What the Youths in Southeast Asia countries can do for the peace and stability, and have lectures, fours of theme related facilities, opinion exchange related to each themes. They will also exchange opinions to find solutions and improvement plans of the issues, as well as to think how they can contribute to Asia and Japanese society and deepen the mutual understanding among students. On an equal footing, the participants aim to create, sustain, and realize the collaborativeness network to slave social challenges. Furthermore, by visiting local areas, they will experience traditional cultures to deepen the understanding of culture, traditions, and life styles of Japan.

Through the program, we hope the friendly relationship among Japan, ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste will be strengthened, and the participants proactively share the attractiveness of Japan which they experienced in Japan after returning to their home country.

[For reference] Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs JENESYS 2019

People with the ability and future mission to deliver messages between Japan and the countries and regions of Asia and Oceania are invited and dispatched in order to promote an understanding of Japan with regard to politics, economics, society, culture, history, foreign policy, and the like, and pro-Japanese people and experts on Japan are discovered in order to strengthen Japan’s message to other countries and expand Japan’s diplomatic foundation by having the guests and dispatches take the initiative to spread information about the diplomatic stance, appeals, and other facets of Japan.

Source: NAM News Network