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MIRAI・2019 4th Group
(Central Asia and Caucasus Region)

January 20, 2020

1. From January 22nd to 29th, a total of 32 young law practitioners (lawyers, prosecutors, government officials etc.), graduate and undergraduate students majoring in law from the eight countries of Central Asia and Caucasus region (four participants from each country) will visit Japan as participants of the fourth group of Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs “MIRAI・2019” (Youth Exchange Network) promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

2. This year’s fourth group’s theme is the “Rule of Law” which follows last year. This program is implemented as one of the cooperation for ensuring the “Rule of Law”, which was set forth in the “Caucasus Initiative” and the Joint Statement of the Seventh Minister’s Meeting of the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue. The former, announced by Japan in September 2018 includes assistance in human resource development, especially in the field of the “Rule of Law”, and the “MIRAI” program is expressed as one of its core cooperation. The latter was issued at the meeting held in May last year in Tajikistan, where the Ministers welcomed the contribution and efforts for ensuring the “Rule of Law”.

3. The group is going to visit the Supreme Court of Japan, the Tokyo District court, a private law firm and the law school of Waseda University to study Japanese criminal law practice, administrative litigation and international dispute settlement. They will also visit Hiroshima and Kyoto to see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, listen to the stories of Hibakusha (Survivors of the atomic bombing) and experience traditional Japanese culture.

4. Participants are expected to deepen their understanding of the “Rule of Law” through the program, and actively put the knowledge and experiences gained in Japan into their daily practice in their own countries. It is also expected that they deliver what they learnt or experienced in Japan via SNS, media, etc.

5. The participants of the fourth group will be from the following countries (in alphabetical order).
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

(note) MIRAI(Mutual-understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic Exchange Initiative)
Starting off in 2015, the invitation program has reached its fifth year. Graduate students, Undergraduate students and young professionals from countries of the Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus region are invited to deepen their understanding of Japan and its politics, economy, history, culture and diplomacy, and promote mutual understanding through intellectual exchanges with close-aged Japanese students and young professionals.

This year (JFY2019), 165 participants are to be invited in 5 groups, from the following 48 countries:

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland,
Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova,
Montenegro, Serbia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Servia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan

This program is implemented by JTB Corp.

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