Holding of the JENESYS 2.0 Japan-ASEAN Student Conference

December 5, 2013

    1. From December 7 to 16, approximately 150 students from 10 ASEAN member countries will visit Japan to participate in the “Japan-ASEAN Student Conference” that will be held in Tokyo as one part of the JENESYS 2.0 program.
    2. Prior to participating in the “Japan-ASEAN Student Conference,” which will be held in Tokyo from December 12 to 15, the delegation will inspect the city in national groups, and will subsequently be divided into five groups to visit Shiga Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, Hokkaido (Hakodate City) and Kagoshima Prefecture, respectively. They will have opportunities to tour facilities relevant to the topics to be discussed at the Student Conference, experience traditional performing arts and enjoy the appeal of the regions in a multifaceted way.
    3. In addition, at the “Japan-ASEAN Student Conference” students from Japan and ASEAN member countries will take part in a three-night, four-day discussion program on the common theme of “The Cooperative role of youth in ASEAN and Japan towards peace, stability, development and prosperity in Asia.”, during which five topics drawn from among the shared challenges of Japan and Asia will be taken up. The scheduled discussion topics are: “Education,” “Entrepreneurship,” “Environment and Corporate Social Contribution,” “Social Contribution Activities of Youth based on Volunteerism” and “Traditional Culture.”
    4. Mrs. Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan, is scheduled to attend the Student Conference on December 13 and hold discussions with the students.
    5. This exchange project is expected to heighten interest in social contribution activities among young people in Japan and ASEAN member countries, as well as deepen mutual understanding between Japan and ASEAN members, promote friendships and nurture personal networks. Additionally, the young people from the ASEAN member countries are expected to actively disseminate information about the strengths and attractions of Japan, via Social Networking Services (SNS) and similar channels.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)