Local youth off to Japan for exchange programme

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THE first batch of Bruneians taking part in the JENESYS2016 programme departed for Japan yesterday to join participants from 10 other countries.

The objective of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths 2016 is to promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and young people from the participating countries and regions to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.

It also aims to promote a global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, politics and foreign policy as well as to convey information on Japan to the general public of ASEAN member states, Timor-Leste and India through the project’s participants.

The programme further hopes to build closer relations between the participants and the Japanese people through visits to companies and organisations in Japan.

Prior to the group’s departure at Brunei International Airport, the president of the Federation of Brunei Malay Entrepreneurs (PPPMB), Dr Abdul Latif Chuchu, said seven of their members are joining JENESYS2016 with the hope that the knowledge they bring back on how the Japanese conduct their businesses can be applied here.

Tokuro Ambe, first secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Brunei, said for this year’s JENESYS, they are hoping to invite 250 Bruneians to come to Japan under the programme in the next 12 months.

He said they are planning to send off a total of nine batches, each consisting of 20 participants, to join the programme not only for economics but also other themes related to the programme.

While in Japan, the 19 local students and youths will be joining 200 young people from eight ASEAN member countries, Timor-Leste and India where they will be divided into three groups to visit Miyagi, Aichi and Osaka prefectures respectively.

In each prefecture, they will make a courtesy call on the local government and enjoy information sessions about its local characteristics as well as its connection to their home countries.

Throughout the programme, the students and youths will not only learn about and experience cultural and historical aspects of Japan but will also witness and learn about the advanced technology used by Japanese manufacturers as well as meet Japanese people who are very keen to build business relationships with Brunei.

In addition, they will be extensively exposed to Japanese history and traditional culture. Some participants will also experience a homestay or home visit for one or two days with a local host family while others will stay at local farms where they will have a chance to meet people in the local community.

Around 4,300 youths will be involved in the programme from Japan, ASEAN member states, Timor-Leste and India. The theme, Economics, has been selected to strengthen Asia-Pacific economic partnership.

The Brunei Times