This subsidized Educational Tour programme for Singaporean Students to Japan (hereinafter called the “programme”) aims to further engage in and diversify exchange between Singapore and Japan, and eventually to deepen its friendly and cooperative relationship between the two countries. This aim is in accordance with fundamental principles of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme to help lay the stalwart foundation for a common future vision and solidarity in East Asia and promote mutual understanding among younger generation in the region through youth exchange. This programme is expected to be continued until the year 2012.
At the Second East Asia Summit (EAS), which was held in January, 2007, Mr. Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, announced a plan to implement a 35-billion-yen youth exchange programme, inviting about 6,000 young people to Japan mainly from the EAS member states (ASEAN, Australia, China, India, New Zealand, the ROK) every year for five years, with a view to establishing a basis of Asia’s stalwart solidarity by expanding youth exchange. Based on this plan, the Government of Japan has launched the JENESYS programme in 2007. This programme is expected to deepen mutual understanding among young people who will assume important roles in the next generation in each East Asian country.
Application for Singapore students for the June 2012 (3rd period) educational tour subsidies has ended.