JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme Towards an East Asia Community: Beyond Cross-Cultural Diversity -Inter-Cultural, Inter-Social, Inter-Faith Dialogue-

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.






Towards an East Asia Community: Beyond Cross-Cultural Diversity -Inter-Cultural, Inter-Social, Inter-Faith Dialogue-

26 youths from the 15 countries were invited to Japan and participated in the program. Through seminars on Japan and intensive discussions, they exchanged their views among themselves with advices by the coordinators from Japan and ASEAN countries. To share the result of the discussions, the public symposium was held in Waseda University on December 17, 2007.

Program Period

December 9 to December 19, 2007

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Nani Suryani Haji Abu Bakar Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
Brunei Mohd Nasroul Hizan Bin Souyono Brunei Times
Cambodia Kong Vireak Royal University of Fine Arts
Cambodia Nguon Serath Rasmei Kampuchea Newspaper
Indonesia Poempida Hidayatulloh  Indonesia Chamber of Commerce
Indonesia Nirwan Ahmad Arsuka Journal Cipta
Laos Soukanh Chithpanya National University of Laos
Laos Beeya Chiebriekao Lao Revolutionary Youth Union
Malaysia Jacqueline Ann Surin The Sunn
Malaysia Azmyl Yunor Taylor’s University College
Myanmar Hnin Myat Thu National Museum & Library of the Ministry of Culture
Myanmar Ni Ni Lwin Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement
Philippines Gutierrez M. Mangansakan II Independent journalist and filmmaker
Philippines Sarah Jane S. Raymundo University of the Philippines
Singapore Tengku Suhailah Binte Tengku Kamarudin Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
Thailand Bencharat Sae Chua Mahidol University
Thailand Chalongkwan Tavarayuth Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam Hoang Huu Anh Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Australia Patricia Giannotto Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural, NSW
New Zealand Charlotte Boyer Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand Rehanna Maria Yasina Alli International Muslim Association of New Zealand
India Jhimli Basak Max Hospital, Delhi University
India Shikha Makan Independent filmmaker and researcher
China Lu Ke Technology Inc.
China Li Fan Global Links Initiative
Korea Kaeunghun Yoon Waseda University


Date Program
Dec. 9 (Sun) Participants' Arrival
Dec. 10 (Mon) Introduction Session
Welcome Reception
Dec. 11 (Tue) Seminar I: Japanese Kinship and Society by Yasushi Kikuchi, Waseda University
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
December Grand Kabuki (Kabuki-za Theater, Ginza)
Dec. 12 (Wed) Seminar II: Japanese Economy in East Asia by Hideo Kobayashi, Waseda University
Seminar III: Intellectual Exchanges between Japan and Asian Neighbors: A Personal View of an Area Specialist on Southeast Asia by Masaya Shiraishi, Waseda University
Dec. 13 (Thu) One-day Field Trip to Kamakura
Program of Activities 103
Dec. 14  (Fri) Intensive Discussion
General Coordinators: Dr. Yasushi Kikuchi, Waseda University & Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, De La Salle University
Group A: Inter-cultural Dialogue, Coordinator: Dr. Fernando Zialcita, Ateneo de Manila
Group B: Inter-societal Dialogue, Coordinator: Dr. Surichai Wun’Gaeo, Chulalongkorn
Group C: Inter-faith Dialogue, Coordinator: Dr. Hanneman Samuel, University of Indonesia
Dec. 15 (Sat) Intensive Discussion (continued)
Presentations by groups
Dec. 16 (Sun) Individual Research Day
Dec. 17 (Mon) Public Symposium (Ono Auditorium, Waseda University)
Dec. 18 (Tue) Individual Research Day
Farewell Dinne
Dec. 19 (Wed) Participants’ Departure


『Towards an East Asia Community:
Beyond Cross-Cultural Diversity -Inter-Cultural, Inter-Social, Inter-Faith Dialogue-』
The report book includes the presentation of the symposium and Position Papers from the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: June 2008
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-096-7
  • A5 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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