kakehashi participantsThe “Kakehashi Project — The Bridge for Tomorrow” is a youth exchange project, promoted by the Ministry Foreign Affairs in Japan, to heighten potential interest in Japan and increase the number of overseas visitors to the country, as well as enhance international understanding of the “Japan brand,” and the nation’s strengths and attractiveness, such as Japanese-style values and “Cool Japan.”

The Kakehashi Project — Japanese American Young Adults Invitation Program provides a fully funded short-term study tour to Japan for undergraduate and graduate students (ages 18-25 years old at the time of application) in the United States.

The goals of Japanese American Young Adults Invitation Program are (1) to continue building cooperation between Japanese Americans and Japan, (2) to promote Japanese Americans a better understanding of Japan in a variety of fields including politics, economy and culture, and (3) to encourage Kakehashi alumni to be effective advocates in enhancing U.S.-Japan relations.

Click below to download information about the program and eligibility requirements:

Application Guidelines

Important Details of Kakehashi Program

Application and Notification Schedule

Trip 1

Trip date: May 19-29, 2014

Application date: Jan 17, 2014

Notification of selection: Mid-February 2014

Trip 2

Trip date: July 14-24, 2014

Application date: Feb. 20, 2014

Notification of selection: End of March 2014

Trip 3 (two groups)

Trip date: October 2014

Application date: Feb. 20, 2014

Notification date: End of March 2014

Application Procedure

Completed applications and all requested documentation must be received by the Japanese American Citizens League no later than the deadline application dates specified above. The application may be submitted online, via email or hard copy.

How to apply:

• Click here to apply online.

• Download the application and submit by emailing japanprogram@jacl.org (include first and last name in subject line) or sending hard copy to: Kakehashi Program, c/o Japanese American Citziens League, 1629 K St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006.

For inquiries, contact Amy Watanabe, Kakehashi coordinator, at (202) 223-1240 or japanprogram@jacl.org.

Funded by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan)

Co-organized by the Japan Foundation and The Laurasian Institution in the U.S. For more information, visit www.laurasian.org/kakehashi/.


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