JENESYS Programme

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The JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme is a series of succeeding programmes starting from the year 2007. It is an initiative by the Government of Japan (GOJ) to continuously promote a people-to-people exchange between Japan and ASEAN member states, and between Japan and other countries in the regions of the Asia-Pacific. Announced by the then-Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, during the 10th ASEAN-Japan Summit and the 2nd East Asia Summit held in January 2007 in Cebu, the Philippines, the programme was officially established in the same year by the GOJ from the standpoint of providing a sound foundation for strong solidarity within Asia through large-scale youth exchange. Since its inception, JENESYS has benefitted more than 36,000 youth across the ASEAN region and Japan and fostered mutual trust and understanding as well as built strong foundation of future friendship and cooperation between Japan and ASEAN.

Objectives of the Programme are:

  • To promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
  • To encourage an understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations.

Following programmes are included in the JENESYS series contributed by the GOJ through JAIF:

  • JENESYS2021