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Press Conference by Foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:34 p.m. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

This is a provisional translation by an external company for reference purpose only.

Opening Remarks

Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs

Mr. Norio Maruyama, Foreign Press Secretary: Under JENESYS2017, the Japan's Friendship Ties Program, about 50 university students and others from the Republic of Korea (ROK) and about 30 high school students, university students, researchers, and others from Indonesia are currently visiting Japan. The participants will visit Osaka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Hokkaido, and Tochigi Prefecture, with each country forming its own group, and will tour related facilities and other sites and interact with related persons on the themes of regional medicine, nursing and culture.

The program will also host about 100 high school students and others from the ROK from November 9, and about 80 Japanese language and karate learners and others from Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Laos from November 14. Participants will visit Ishikawa Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Okinawa Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, and Chiba Prefecture, with each country forming its own group, and tour related facilities and interact with Japanese students and others in the same age group on the themes of culture, Japanese language communication, and sports (karate).

Through such programs, it is expected that participants will gain a multi-faceted understanding of Japan and actively promote Japan’s charms.

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