"KAKEHASHI Project - The Bridge for Tomorrow"

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The Japan Foundation presents the “KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow” as part of the Youth Exchange Program with North America promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

The KAKEHASHI Project aims to heighten potential interest in Japan and increase the number of overseas visitors to the country, as well as enhance international understanding of the “Japan brand,” or the nation’s strengths and attractiveness, such as Japanese-style values and “Cool Japan.” The project is also anticipated to revitalize and boost the Japanese economy.

The objective of this youth exchange project is to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, enable future leaders of Japan-US exchanges to form networks, and help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level in the future.

  1. (1)Dispatch: 2,300 Japanese students on a short-term (2-week) study tour to the United States
    Japanese high school and university students will visit various areas in the United States, and through school exchange and homestay programs will advocate the strengths and charms of Japan.
    <To be organized from autumn 2013>
  2. (2)Invitation: 2,300 American students on a short-term (10-day) study tour to Japan
    American high school and university students will travel to various areas in Japan experiencing regional culture, visiting historical sites, learning about cutting-edge technologies, and participating in school exchange and homestay programs to further their understanding of what Japan has to offer.
    <To be organized from May 2013>

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  • Commissioned by: Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan)
  • Organized by: The Japan Foundation (Co-organized by: The Laurasian Institution, USA)
  • Regional itinerary organized by: Japan International Cooperation Center

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