The Fiji TimesSpecial Fiji-Japan bond

As many as 110 college students will go away for Japan subsequent week beneath the College of the South Pacific’s (USP) JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Community of Trade for College students and Youths) program.

Japan’s ambassador to Fiji, Kawakami Fumihiro mentioned because the inaugural Kizuna Program in 2012, with USP because the implementing associate, Japan has constantly funded this system.

Mr Fumihiro mentioned up to now, greater than 1900 youths from 14 Pacific Island Nations have benefitted from this system.

“The lively youth trade between Japan and the Pacific Island Nations (PICs) is the strong basis of the particular bond, referred to as kizuna in Japanese and the first focus of the JENESYS program is to facilitate youth trade, in such a method that it enhances the Pacific youths’ understanding of Japan, its folks, its tradition, respective lifestyle and vice-versa,” Mr Fumihiro mentioned.

“That is geared toward growing cohesive societies within the coming years, which can contribute to unity, friendship and peace between our international locations, just because the youth are the long run.”

He mentioned Japan had introduced on the ninth Pacific Islands Leaders Assembly (PALM9) in July 2021, it might promote people-to-people exchanges and human useful resource growth for over 5500 folks at varied ranges and in number of fields over three years.

In the meantime, USP’s JENESYS challenge coordinator, Maria Taylor mentioned the recruitment course of started on November 25 to December 15, 2022.

“The 110 youths chosen are assigned to teams which can be connected to particular themes regarding the PALM9 precedence 5 areas,” she mentioned.

“These themes embody Peace Constructing and Japanese Tradition, Sustainable Improvement Objectives, Atmosphere and Vitality Catastrophe, Prevented and Reconstruction, Tourism and Marine Sources.

“Through the tour they are going to go to native communities, universities, excessive colleges, historic locations and organisations regarding their tour theme and in trade the Japanese communities will get to study and expertise the richness of our Pacific tradition.”

Performing Vice Chancellor and President of USP Jito Vanualailai mentioned he was joyful that the JENESYS 2022 challenge would supply college students the chance to go to Japan and have palms on studying expertise that was not potential in the course of the 2020 and 2021 tasks because of COVID-19.

“Members will interact with native communities, expertise homestay with native households, work together with highschool and college college students in addition to go to cultural, heritage and selection websites,” Mr Vanualailai mentioned.

“Moreover, the members will share their Pacific tradition with these they work together with Pacific cultural performances, songs, dances, tales and displays.” He expressed the college’s honest gratitude to the Japan Embassy and JOCA.

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