JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme B: Urban Community Development Inspired by Culture: The Potential of Creative Cities

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.






B: Urban Community Development Inspired by Culture: The Potential of Creative Cities

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 urban planning, community development and cultural policies in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and journalism spent 10 days together and fostered solidarity. The young leaders of each country visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kanazawa and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

July 29 to August 7, 2008

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Haji Mohammad Sofian Bin Haji Amit Ministry of Culture
Cambodia Sar Keo Siem Reap Provincial Hall
Laos Saysana Phetsiengda Department of Public works and transport, vientione Capital
Malaysia Pang Khee Teik The Annexe, Central Market
Myanmar Than Htike Oo Myanmar Consolidated Media
Philippines Maria Silvana Zapanta-Babate Neo-Angono Artists Collective
Singapore Imran Bin Tajudeen National University of Singapore
Thailand Karin Klinkajorn King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)
Vietnam VO DANG PHONG Hoi An Center for Monuments Management and Preservation
Australia Leanne Cotter Adelaide Festival Centre
New Zealand Sarah Margaret Nelson New Zealand Planning Institute
India Vijaya Amujure Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
China Lin Lan Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Korea Lee Young Mi The Hope Institute
Korea Kim Jang Un Gwangju Biennale 2008
Japan Masahiko Haraguchi PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Japan Akira Shigematsu MSc Candidate, Kyushu University
Japan Ayumi Takahashi Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation
Japan Miho Yoshimasu NHK Enterprise, Inc.


Date Program
July 29 (Tue) Participants' Arrival
July 30 (Wed) Orientation
Lecture by Professor Kazuko Goto from Saitama University
Minato Mirai Area
ZAIM, BankART1929, BankART StudioNYK, The Yokohama Red Brick Warehous
Welcome Reception
July 31 (Thu) Transport to Osaka
Senba Art Caf?
Lecture by Programme Advisor, Professor Masayuki Sasaki from Osaka City University
Aug. 1 (Fri) Matsuo Grand Shrine, Machiya, Kyoto Art Center
Aug. 2 (Sat) Transport to Kobe
Bunraku viewing at the National Bunraku Theatre
Aug. 3 (Sun) The Meeting of Asian Arts Management
Aug. 4 (Mon) Transport to Kanazawa
Kenroku-en, Higashi-chaya District, The Ohi Museum
Aug. 5 (Tue) Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Kanazawa Citizen's Art Center, Kanazawa Institute of Traditional Crafts
Discussion with City of Kanazawa at the Kanazawa City Hall
Debriefing Session
Aug. 6 (Wed) Transport to Tokyo
Farewell Party
Aug. 7 (Thu) Participants' departure


『Urban Community Development Inspired by Culture:
The Potential of Creative Cities』
The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the programme advisor Prof. Masayuki Sasaki, that of Prof. Kazuko Goto, and individual reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: January 2009
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-150-6
  • 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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