JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme A: Migration in Asia and Oceania: Towards a Win-Win and WIN Scheme for the Origin-Destination Countries and for the Migrants themselves

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.






A: Migration in Asia and Oceania: Towards a Win-Win and WIN Scheme for the Origin-Destination Countries and for the Migrants themselves

15 youths from the 14 countries were invited to Japan and 19 including 4 from Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved with issues surrounding immigrants, administration of workers including alien in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and journalism spent 11 days together and fostered solidarity. The young leaders of each country visited Tokyo, Fukui, and Nagoya, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

July 29 to August 7, 2008

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Zasika Musdi Borneo Bulletin (Brunei Press)
Cambodia Seng Hun Nagoya University
Indonesia Ida Widayani Employer's Association of Indonesia
Laos Douangsy Thammavong Ministry of Labour and Social Welfcare
Malaysia Katrina Jorene Maliamauv Combating Gener Based Violence Among Burmese Refugees in Malaysia, TENAGANITA
Myanmar Khin Thida Win The Union of Myanmar, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Philippines Carmela Fonbuena News Break Magazine
Singapore Ng Hoi Pin Edmund Singapore National Trade Union Congress
Thailand Vipinjit Ketunuti International Office of Migration
Vietnam Nguyen Trung Hung Institute for Labour Science and Social Affairs
Australia Peter Daley Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Australia Jaai Parasnis Monash University
New Zealand Emma Joy WILLIAMS RSVP Productions
India Kazimuddin Ahmed Panos South Asia
China Yu Xiaomin Beijing Normal University
Japan Eri Ishikawa Japan Association for Refugees
Japan Yuki Nagano Kansai NPO Alliance
Japan Hiroaki Sato Asia Pacific Institute Promotion Council
Japan Sae Shimauchi M.A. Candidate, Waseda University


Date Program
July 17 (Thu) Arrival
July 18 (Fri) <In Tokyo>
Key-Lecture and Discussions with Dr. Yasushi IGUCHI
Visit the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Human Resource Policy Division (Japan’s HR Strategy, “Asia Human Resource Fund Program”) Welcome Reception
July 19  (Sat) <In Tokyo>
Wrap up and briefing for the group presentation
Visit the Indian Merchants Association of Yokohama: IMAY Visit the Kanagawa Foreign Resident Housing Support Center
July 20 (Sun) <In Awara, Fukui>
Visit Maruoka Castle
Visit Fukui Prefecture Dinosaur Museum
Visit Tojinbo Dinner Japanese Style
July 21 (Mon) <In Fukui>
Visit the Ichijou Asakura Feudal Lords House
Visit Eiheiji Temple
Leave Fukui for Nagoya
July 22 (Tue) <In Nagoya>
Arrive at Minokamo City Hall, Lecture by the Minokamo Education Board
Courtesy call and Q&A with Mr. Naoyoshi Watanabe, the Mayor of Minokamo City
Lecture on the “Conference of Cities with Concentrated Foreign Residents” and Minokamo City’s integration policy
Visit Hitachi Jouei Tech Co. Ltd , Gifu Factory
Boat Trip on the Kiso River “Nihon Rhine Rapid Ride”
July 23 (Wed) <In Nagoya>
Visit Toyota Motors Factory 
Visit Toyota City Hall (Lecture on the Industry and Integration Policy of Toyota)
Visit Higashi Homi Kodomo-en
Visit Brazilian shops and stores in the Homi Danchi
Leave Nagoya for Tokyo
July 24 (Thu) <In Tokyo>
Wrap up and Discussions for the Group Presentations
Visit Clara Online, INC
Lecture by International Office of Migration, IOM Japan Office
Brainstorming and group work time for the Group Presentation
July 25 (Fri) <In Tokyo>
Group Presentation
Courtesy Call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
Visit to the Japan Foundation and Evaluation
July 26  (Sat) <In Tokyo>
Individual Research Day
July 27 (Sun) Departure


『Migration in Asia and Oceania:
Towards a Win-Win and WIN Scheme for the Origin-Destination Countries and for the Migrants themselves』
The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Dr. Yasushi Iguchi, and group presentation and individual reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: March 2009
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-104-9
  • A4 format, English, 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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