JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme L: Disaster Management and People: Working Toward the Creation of a Strong Society

Photo of JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme participants

The Japan Foundation has conducted the "East Asia Future Leaders Programme" under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme from 2007 to 2012.
It is a short-term exchange scheme which specifically targets young intellectuals and practitioners of particular activities aged up to 35 years in East Asia. Each program focuses on a specific theme and emphasizes a series of discussions on thematic issues common to the region, and interaction with Japanese experts and citizens with specific backgrounds.
Promising youths from the relevant fields with the related expertise expected to become the leaders of the next generation visit Tokyo and other localities, sharing every moment of study tour program together and nurturing a bond among the members. The program aims at developing mutual understanding and building networks among the 16 participating countries including Japan, a host country.






L: Disaster Management and People: Working Toward the Creation of a Strong Society

24 youths from the 14 countries were invited to Japan and 25 including 1 from Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved in disaster prevention in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and journalism spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity. The young leaders of each country visited Tokyo, Morioka, Hanamaki, Kyoto, Kobe, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

November 28 to December 9, 2011

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Mohamad Syazwan Bin NORDIN National Disaster Management Centre
Brunei Mohamad Adib MATALI National Disaster Management Centre
Cambodia Prak KIMHONG Natural Committee for Disaster Management
Indonesia Yuli KUSWORO Yogyakarta Community-based Architects (ARKOM Jogja)
Indonesia Tommy HARIANTO Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management
Indonesia Mohamad Dian REVINDO Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia
Laos Sithisack XAYTA World Food Programme (WFP)
Malaysia Anisha Rachel MATHAN Mercy Malaysia
Malaysia Mahathir Bin MUSTAFA National Security Council
Myanmar Ei Ei Su Mon Department of Meteorology and Hydrology
Myanmar Sandar Tun Department of Meteorology and Hydrology
Philippines Christie Suyin Ceres Gajo JAMORALIN Citizens' Disaster Response Center
Philippines Amillah Sescon RODIL Consultants for Comprehensive Environ, Inc
Thailand Vipavee KUNAVICHAYANONT Design for Disasters
Thailand Lamphai INTATHEP The Bangkok Post
Vietnam NGUYEN Thanh Toan Plan International
Vietnam DANG My Hanh CARE International
Australia Andrew Joseph McNAMARA Fire & Rescue New South Wales
Australia Alicia Louise GODYCKI Victoria State Emergency Servic
Australia Cameron John TARBOTTON University of New South Wales
New Zealand Deirdre Brid NAGLE Bishop's Action Foundation
India Bhaswati THAKURTA University of Calcutta
China WANG Yuelong Earthquake Administration of Beijing Municipality
Korea Seongjin PARK Korea Fire Safety Association
Japan Haruki NAGASHIMA Ritsumeikan University


Date Program
Nov. 28 (Mon)


Welcome Reception Party
Nov. 29 (Tue)

Presentation of Country Reports from participants: “Disaster Management”
Keynote Lecture: Dr. Norio Maki, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Visit Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise
Nov. 30 (Wed)

Site tour at Edo Tokyo Museum, Imperial Palace East Garden
Courtesy Call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Home Visit: Experience Lifestyles and Disaster Management Awareness in Everyday Life
Dec.1 (Thu)

Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Morioka, Iwate

Lecture: Iwate International Association, Morioka
Dec.2 (Fri)

Survivor’s talk & Lecture: Tono Magokoro Net
Transfer from Tono City to Kamaishi City
Visit Kamaishi City, Earthquake-Affected Areas in lwate Prefecture
Lecture: Kamaishi City

Bus from Kamaishi City to Hanamaki City & Stay in Hanamaki
Dec.3 (Sat)

Flight from Hanamaki Airport to Itami Airport

Bus from Itami Airport to Kyoto & Stay in Kyoto
Dec.4 (Sun) Individual Site Visit
Dec.5 (Mon)

Visit Kyoto University
Group discussion: “International Cooperation in Disaster Management”
Visit Kiyomizu Area
Lecture: Dr. Takeyuki Okubo, Ritsumeikan University

Bus from Kyoto to Kobe & Stay in Kobe
Dec.6 (Tue)

Lecture: Waterfront Fire station, Kobe City
Lecture: Takatori East District Community, Kobe City
Lecture: Kobe Red Cross Hospital

Omuta to Osaka & Stay in Kobe
Dec.7 (Wed)

Lecture, Mr. Hirofumi Takada, Sawanotsuru Co., Ltd
Sight visit at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Lecture about disaster management and Disaster Mitigation, Maiko High School

Preparation time for Group Presentation documents and discussions
Dec.8 (Thu)

Group Presentation

Farewell Lunch
Dec.9 (Fri) Departure of Participants
JENESYS Programme
  • *This is a part of JENESYS (Japan - East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme.

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