JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme C: Overcoming Poverty though a Social Inclusion Approach: The Status Quo of Asia and Oceania in a Globalized Economy

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.






C: Overcoming Poverty though a Social Inclusion Approach: The Status Quo of Asia and Oceania in a Globalized Economy

19 youths from the 15 countries were invited to Japan and 20 including 1 from Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved with issues surrounding poverty reduction 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, Yokohama, Matsuyama, Kagawa, Kochi, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

December 9 to December 19, 2008

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Haji Mohammad Sofian Bin Haji Amit Ministry of Culture
Cambodia Chhim Chhun Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI)
Indonesia Ahmad Shobirin, M. Si Ministry of Social Affairs
Indonesia Arde Wisben Social Worker Practice Resource Center
Laos Souvannamethy Vanxay State Authority of Social Security
Malaysia Lai wan Teng Universiti Sains Malaysia
Malaysia Latheefa Beebe Koya Messrs Daim & Gamany (Public Interest and Human Rights Law Firm)
Myanmar Myo Tha Htet 7 DAY NEWS JOURNAL
Philippines Mark Lawrence B. Cruz Gawad Kalinga
Philippines Sandra Puliran Gani, RSW Community and Family Services International (CFSI)
Singapore Norhayati Binte Mohammad Ali Yayasan Mendaki Foundation
Thailand Chawanad Luansang Openspace Community Architects
Vietnam Dang Huong Giang Action for the City
Australia Alaina Jay De Vries Community Service & Indigneous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Australia Government of Families
Australia Waleed Aly Monash University, Law and Political Science
New Zealand Caleb Starrenburg Freelance Communications Consultant
India Minati Sinha Department of Humanities and Social Sciences   Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
China Li Jing Beijing Normal University
Korea Seonyeong Kim Work Together Foundation
Japan Kensuke Matsueda FASID


Date Program
Dec. 9 (Tue) Arrival in Japan
Welcome Dinner
Dec. 10 (Wed) <Tokyo>
Introductory Lecture and Discussions with Advisor, Dr. Aya K. ABE, Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Population and Society Security Research
Country Report from the Participants
Welcome Reception
Dec. 11 (Thu) <Tokyo>
Visit to NPO “Moyai”: Independent Life Support Center
Visit to the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, Department of Non-Regular Employment
Dec. 12 (Fri) <Yokohama - Matsuyama>
Visit Yokohama Youth Support Station and Yokohama City
Visit Kotobuki Supporters Exchange Association
Field Trip to the Shikoku island (Dec. 12-15), Leave Tokyo for Matsuyama
Dec. 13 (Sat) <Matsuyama - Kotohira>
Visit to Matsuyama Castle
Browse the Dogo Hot Spring Bath House Area
Visit to Konpira Shrine (Kotohira, Kagawa)
Dec. 14 (Sun) <Kotohira – Umaji Village>
Visit to Katsurahama Beach (Kochi)
Visit to Sunday Market in Kochi City
Visit to Ryugado Stalactite Cave (Kami, Kochi)
Dec. 15 (Mon) <Umaji Village - Tokyo>
Visit to Umaji Village Office
Visit to the Forestry Sector
Experience traditional crafts
Visit to the Agriculture Sector
Dec. 16 (Tue) <Tokyo>
Visit to NPO “Kamonohasi Project”
Visit to “Second Harvest”
Wrap up and Brain Storming for the Group Presentation with Comments from the Advisor
Group Activities (Preparing for the Group Presentation)
Dec. 17 (Wed) <Tokyo>
Individual Research
Dec. 18 (Thu) <Tokyo>
Group Presentation
Courtesy Call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visit to the Japan Foundation and Evaluation
Dec. 19 (Fri) Departure from Japan


『Overcoming Poverty through a Social Inclusion Approach:The Status quo of Asia and Oceania in a Globalized Economy』
The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Prof. Aya Abe, and group presentations and individual reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: June 2009
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-109-4
  • 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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