About 80 university students from ASEAN will visit Japan from 31 March to 7 April 2013 as the first participants of JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth) 2.0.

JENESYS 2.0 is a new youth exchange programme which Prime Minister Abe announced during his visit to Indonesia last January. Approximately 30,000 youths from Asia/Oceania region including 10,000 youths from ASEAN countries, will have an opportunity to visit Japan this year.

The programme is designed for youth in ASEAN to learn about the many opportunities to be involved and contribute to ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). They will participate in the visiting programmes that will provide opportunities to deliberate on various aspects, after having a first-hand experience from Japan. The participants will be divided into three groups to visit Chubu area, Kansai area or Kyusyu area; and observe Japan’s cutting-edge high technologies and its support for local industries and creative industries, experience Japan’s traditional culture, and communicate with local people.

This programme is expected to develop exchange and mutual understanding among youths in Japan and ASEAN.