JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme J: Disaster Prevention and People: Working Towards the Creation of Strong Society

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.






J: Disaster Prevention and People: Working Towards the Creation of Strong Society

16 youths from the 13 countries were invited to Japan and 17 including 1 from Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved in disaster prevention including alien in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and journalism spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity. The young leaders of each country visited Tokyo, Kobe, Niigata, and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

January 20 to January 31, 2011

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Ampuan Noorirawaty Binti Ampuan Haji Razid Temburong District Office
Cambodia Huy Huot Administration and Finance Burear, Meanchey district
Indonesia Ivan Valentina Ageung Indonesian Society of Disaster Management
Laos Ketsana Xaiyasarn Department of Water Resources, National Mekong Committee
Malaysia Mohd Sarif bin Hassan National Security Council
Myanmar Zaw Lin Tun Ministry of Social Welfare
Myanmar Aye Nandar Win Ministry of Social Welfare
Philippines Karol Anne M Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Philippines Charmaine Quintua Villanueva Department of Science and Technology
Singapore Chua Swee Leong People's Association Youth Movement
Thailand Kanokphun Supitax Foundation for Reclaiming Rural Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Action
Australia Kate Fitzgerald Attorney-General's Department
Australia Patrick Joseph Schell New South Wales Rural Fire Service
New Zealand Thomas McDonald Wilson Department of Geological Sciences, Canterbury University
India Nikhilkumar Rameshchandra Vyas CRUTA Foundation: Foundation for Conservation and Research of Urban Traditions and Architecture
Korea Inseung Jeon National Emergency Management Agency
Japan Kengo Kato Department of Civil Engineering, Kobe University


Date Program
Jan. 20 (Thu) Arrival in Japan
Orientation / Introduction
Welcome Reception
Jan. 21 (Fri) Keynote Lecture, Tamiyo Kondo, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Engineering,
Kobe University
Courtesy Call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visit and Lecture: Fire and Disaster Management Agency, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Experience Japanese Culture and Dinner
Jan. 22 (Sat) Presentation of Country Reports : “Situation and Experience of Disaster Reduction”
Site Visit: Flood (Sea Level) in Urban Area
Jan. 23 (Sun) Visit and Lecture: NGOs in Tokyo
Leave Tokyo for Kobe
Jan. 24 (Mon) Visit and Lecture:  Kobe City Office
Visiting a Community
Visit and Lecture: Disaster Management & Planning Bureau, Hyogo Prefectural Office
Jan. 25 (Tue) Visit and Lecture: Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ARDC)
Visit and Lecture: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)
Visit and Meeting with students and teacher: Environment and Disaster Mitigation Course, Maiko High School
Jan. 26 (Wed) Individual Research
Jan. 27 (Thu) Leave Kobe for Niigata
Cultural Tour in Niigata
Courtesy Call to Niigata Prefectural Office
Lecture by the Department of Disaster Management
Jan. 28 (Fri) Visit ‘Chuetsu Organization for Safe and Secure Society’
Lecture: Uragara Community and Rehabilitation Process
Home Visit in the Community
Jan. 29 (Sat) Leave Niigata for Tokyo by ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train
Preparation for Group Presentation
Jan. 30 (Sun) Group Presentation
Comments from Advisor, Overall Evaluation Session
Farewell Dinner
Jan. 31 (Mon) Departure of the Participants


『Disaster Prevention and People:
Working Toward the Creation of a Strong Society』
The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Prof.
Tamiyo Kondo, group presentations and individual reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: July 2011
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-136-0
  • 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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