JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme G: Re-Acknowledging Cultural Diversity: Roles and Possibilities in the Asia and Oceania Region

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.






G: Re-Acknowledging Cultural Diversity: Roles and Possibilities in the Asia and Oceania Region

15 youths from the 15 countries were invited to Japan and 17 including 2 of Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved in cultural diversity in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and journalism spent 13 days together and fostered solidarity. The young leaders of each country visited Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyoto, Okinawa, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

April 1 to April 13, 2010

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Ak Fairol Rezal Malek Faesal Pg Hj Marali Brunei Press
Cambodia Satta Sim Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
Indonesia Muhammad Endy Saputro Center of Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University
Laos Somkiethtisack Kingsada Ministry of Information and Culture
Malaysia Ho Sheau Fung Penang Heritage Trust (NGO)
Myanmar Ei Min Tun National University of Arts and Culture
Philippines Leoncio Anilao Banaag National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Singapore Kan Shuy Asian Civilisations Museum, National Heritage Board
Thailand Pinwadee Srisupan Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University
Vietnam Inka Jaka Association of Anthropology in Hochiminh City Cham sub-branch
Australia Laura Jane Bennetts-Kneebone Deapartment of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
New Zealand Jordan Aramoana Waiti Research Centre for Maori Health and Development
India Kanika Pruthi Jawaharlal Nehru University
China Mingdan Yan Department of Creative Industry, Zhengdon Group
Korea CHA, Boyoung Intangible Cultural Heritage Center for Asia and the Pacific
Japan Akira Oe Institute of Developing Economics Advanced School
Japan Akiko Takahashi Proceeding to Gradutate School


Date Program
Apr. 1 (Thu) Arrival in Japan
Welcome Dinner
Apr. 2 (Fri) Orientation
Keynote Lecture, Toshiyuki Kono (Professor of Faculty of Law, Kyushu University)
Country Report from the Participants
Welcome Reception
Apr. 3 (Sat) Lecture, Misako Ohnuki (Professor Special Visiting Researcher of National Museum of Ethnology)
Lecture, Mayuko Sano (Associate Professor of International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
Traditional Performing Arts (Kabuki)
Apr. 4 (Sun) Leave Tokyo for Hokkaido
Lecture, Koji Yamazaki (Assistant Professor of Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University)
Meeting and Discussion with Local People
Apr. 5 (Mon) Sightseeing: Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum of Biratori, Kayano Shigeru Nibutani Ainu Memorial Museum
Apr. 6 (Tue) Leave Hokkaido for Kyoto
Cultural Experience : Tea Ceremony
Apr. 7 (Wed) Lecture, Naoko Sato (Senior Specialist in Cultural Properties Traditional Culture Division of Cultural Properties Department, Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Apr. 8 (Thu) Leave Kyoto for Taketomi Island
Lecture of Utaki
Meeting and Discussion with Local People
Apr. 9 (Fri) Leave Taketomi Island for Naha (Okinawa)
Preparation for Wrap-up Session
Apr. 10 (Sat) Wrap-up Session
Leave Okinawa for Tokyo
Apr. 11 (Sun) Individual Research
Apr. 12 (Mon) Overall Evaluation Session (at Japan Foundation)
Farewell Dinner
Apr. 13 (Tue) Departure of the Participants


『Re-Acknowledging Cultural Diversity:
The Roles and Possibilities of the Asia and Oceania Region』
The report book includes the overview of the study tour, group presentations, and individual reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: January 2011
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-128-5
  • 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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