JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme Social Welfare Group, March 2011

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.

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Social Welfare: Self-Reliance of the Socially Vulnerable and Symbiosis with the Globalized Community

24 youths from the 13 countries were invited to Japan and 26 including 2 of Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved with support and care on mental disorder and disabilities, intellectual disorder and disabilities, physical disabilities, advanced age, and children who do not go to schools in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, art, and media spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity.
The young leaders of each country visited Urakawa town in Hokkaido prefecture, as an example of community linked welfare system, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

February 26 to March 9, 2011

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Indonesia Ali Aulia Ramily UNICEF (Jakarta)
Indonesia Nathanael E. J. Sumampouw Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia
Laos Vonglatsamy Ratanavong Association for Aid & Relief Japan (AAA Japan)
Laos Chitdavanh Chantharideth State Authority of Social Security
Malaysia Muhamad Khairul Anuar Bin Hussin Ministry of Education
Malaysia Chu Shi Wei United Voice
Myanmar Ki Ling Department of Social Welfare
Myanmar Nan Mouk Sseng Department of Social Welfare, School for the Blind
Philippines Visitacion Espinosa Apostol Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc. (KAMPI)
Philippines Richard Beniza De Villena Association of Teachers and Adult Leaders in the Arts (ATALA)
Singapore Hsu Yuh Wen Grace Orchard School
Singapore Lin Jingyi Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
Singapore Ng Chiu Li Grace Orchard School
Thailand Surasak Kao-Iean ESD Innovations Center, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University
Thailand Bundith Punsiri ESD Innovations Center, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University
Vietnam Nguyen Nhu Mai Anh Population Services International (PSI)
Vietnam Nguyen Thu Hien Vietnam Institute for Education Science (VNIES)
India Boski Sharma Tamana Special School, Tamana Association
India Rituparna Sarangi Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (SILF)
Australia Eliza Clare Duggan Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
Australia Sarah Tracton Arts Access Australia
New Zealand Kieran McHale Workwise Employment Agency
China Wei Zhang Enable Disablity Studies Institute (EDSI)
Korea Unkyung Lee Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU)
Japan Wataru Fujiwara Ashiya NPO center
Japan Sachiyo Soga University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo


Date Program
Feb. 26 (Sat) Arrival
Informal welcome dinner
Feb. 27 (Sun) Program Orientation
Keynote Lecture by the Program Advisor, Dr. Yoshiyuki Nagata
Participants' presentation
Feb. 28 (Mon) Keynote Lecture by the Special Lecturer, Dr. Yoshinori Hiroi
Pre-briefing on field visits    
Leave Tokyo for Urakawa, Hokkaido
Mar. 1 (Tue) Lecture: "Social Welfare in Urakawa" by Urakawa town local government
Learning of Ainu Culture
Bethel House:Orientation & Lecture: Social Welfare for Mental Health Café Bura Bura run by Bethel House
Mar. 2 (Wed) Observation: Institution for the Elderly, Institution for Physically Challenged, and Therapeutic horse riding lessons
Bethel House:Social aspect (living space for the members)
Mar. 3 (Thu) Observation: Institution for Intellectually Challenged
Horse Back Riding
Bethel House:Employment aspect, Support aspect, and "Patient-led research"
Mar. 4(Fri) Bethel House:Integrated Workshop
Urakawa Review Session
Group Work
Party with people in Urakawa
Mar. 5 (Sat) Leave Urakawa for Hokkaido
Mar. 6 (Sun) Kamakura visit: Enoden train ride, Kotokuin temple the great Buddha, Calligraphy at Hase temple, tea ceremony at Jyomyo temple, and Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine
Mar. 7 (Mon) Group Work
Mar. 8 (Tue) Courtesy Call to Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo Toy Museum: Case of an interaction between Children and the Elderly
Introduction to the Japan Foundation Grant program
Final Group Presentation
Wrap-up session by Program Advisor and Japan Foundation
Farewell Reception
Mar. 9 (Wed) Departure


『Social Welfare』

The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Dr. Yoshiyuki Nagata, and post-program reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: July 2011
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-141-4
  • A4 format, English (Partially Japanese), Not for Sale
JENESYS Programme
  • *This is a part of JENESYS (Japan - East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme.
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