Forty-three visit Japan under programme

Education, Normal

The National, Monday October 14th, 2013

 FORTY-one students and two supervisors from the University of Papua New Guinea are in Japan under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2.0 programme.

This is the second batch as the first group totalling up to 23 participants, including one supervisor, visited Japan in June this year.

This was after Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s visit to Japan in March when he met his Japanese counterpart Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured).

At their meeting, they discussed this JENESYS 2.0 programme. 

The visiting team will tour Tokyo and then visit Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures to visit companies and see how they cope with environment issues.  

They will have the opportunity to interact with Japanese students and homestay with Japanese families.

Through this project, PNG participants are expected to have the first-hand experience of Japanese technology and traditional culture and deepen their knowledge about the value of Japan.

JENESYS 2.0 is a new youth exchange programme which Abe announced during his visit to Indonesia last January. 

Approximately 30,000 youths from Asia-Oceania region will have an opportunity to visit Japan this year.

The aim of JENESYS 2.0 is to revitalise the Japanese economy through introduction of Japan’s attractions to foreign tourists and consumers by promoting international understanding on the nation’s potential strength, allure and values, including the “Cool Japan” concept.

The programme runs from Oct 12-26.