Middle and High School Dispatch Program

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A total of 42 schools (1,050 participants) from middle and high schools in Japan participated on a 10 day program to the United States that included a visit and exchange program with a local high school. Participants visited two major US cities, key cultural, technological and industrial locations. Each participating school or group sent up to 25 participants, including chaperones.

The program was funded and organized by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Tokyo-based Japan Foundation Youth Exchange Bureau (YEB). The Laurasian Institution (TLI), a Seattle-based nonprofit organization,was responsible for preparation and post-program aspects for all US participants. Additionally, TLI facilitated and led the US programs for student groups coming from Japan.

Schools who participated in the Kakehashi trips to Japan agreed to host a group of high school students from Japan for four days and three nights. These groups visited the United States between October 2013 and March 2015. Their trip involved a study tour in major cities, as well as a homestay with one of the participating American high schools.

 

 

                     

 

 

2013     Japanese High School     American Host High School  
               
  Oct 25th - Nov 7th View Itinerary High School Dispatch Tour 1        
               
      Hachinohe Kodai 2 High School Aomori   Calloway County High School KY
      Hanamaki Agricultural High School Iwate   Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts High School AR
      Aso Senior High School/ Hitachi-Kita Senior High School Ibaraki   Creekview High School & Newman Smith High School TX
      Chosei Senior High School Chiba   Classical High School RI
      Ogaki Kita Senior High School Gifu   Richardson High School/ Lloyd V. Berkner High School TX
      Nisho High School Aichi   East-West School of International Studies NY
               
  Nov 1st - Nov 14th View Itinerary High School Dispatch Tour 2        
               
      Obihiro Hakuyou High School Hokkaido   Castle View High School CO
      Iwaki Sogo High School Fukushima   Bloomington High School North IN
      Iwaki Student Council President Summit Fukushima   Elkins Pointe Middle School GA
               
2014              
               
  Jan 12th - Jan 25th View Itinerary High School Dispatch Tour 3        
               
      Odate Homei Senior High School Akita   Rampart High School CO
      Chiba Municipal Inage Senior High School Chiba   Dr. Phillips High School FL
      Kobe City College of Technology Hyogo   Robbinsdale Armstrong High School MN
      Higashi Maizuru High School Kyoto   Harvest Christian Academy GU
      Nishiotokuni Senior High School Kyoto   Harvest Christian Academy GU
      Izumi High School Osaka   Southwest High School MN
               
  Mar 16th - Mar 29th View Itinerary High School Dispatch Tour 5        
               
      Seiwa Gakuen High School Miyagi   Hall-Dale High School ME
      Kanagawa Prefectural Yokohama Senior High School of International Studies Kanagawa   Walt Whitman High School/ Boonsboro High School MD
      Niigata Prefectural TSUBAME Secondary School Niigata   Mills High School CA
      Nakano Nishi High School Nagano   Timpview High School UT
      Nanzan Kokusai Junior & Senior High School Aichi   Ed W. Clark High School NV
      KAWAGOE High School Mie   Fairfax County Public Schools VA
      Nara Prefectural Sakurai Senior High School/ Takatori Kokusai High School Nara   Olathe Unified School District KS
      Shingu High School Wakayama   Liberty High School WA
      Kure National College of Technology Hiroshima   Whitney M. Young Magnet High School IL
      Shimonoseki Minami High School/ Karyo Senior High School Yamagushi   Northern Valley Regional High School District NJ
      CHIENKAN Senior High School Kagoshima   Riverwood International Charter School GA
      Kagoshima Gyokuryu High School Kagoshima   Miami Palmetto Senior High School FL
      NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou Tokyo   Los Gatos High School CA
      Gojin Fukushima   Paul Public Charter School DC
      Hand in Hand Tokyo   Ridge High School NJ
               
  Jul 21st - Aug 3rd   Baseball        
               
      Middle Schools from Kesennuma, Fukushima and Iwate     Long Island University NY
               
  Oct 20th - Oct 29th View Itinerary Okinawa Dispatch Tour 1        
               
      Chinen High School Okinawa   Snowden International School MA
      Kaiho High School Okinawa   Ronald Reagan High School TX
      Tomishiro High School Okinawa   Winston Churchill/Johnson High Schools TX
      Futenma High School Okinawa   North Cobb High School GA
      Hokuzan High School Okinawa   Milton High School GA
               
  Nov 10th - Nov 19th View Itinerary Okinawa Dispatch Tour 2        
               
      Okinawa Shogaku High School Okinawa   Henry Gunn High School CA
      Naha High School Okinawa   San Dieguito Academy CA
      Naha Kokusai High School Okinawa   Patrick Henry High School CA
      Koyo High School Okinawa   TAF Academy WA
      Yaeyama High School Okinawa   Lakes High School WA
               
  Nov 11th - Nov 21st View Itinerary High School Dispatch Tour 7        
               
      Takasaki Municipal High School Of Takasaki City University Of Economics Gumma   Ed W. Clark High School NV
      Tottori Keiai High School Tottori   Paul Public Charter School DC
      Kumamoto Prefectural Uto Senior High School Kumamoto   Ridge High School NJ
      Miyazaki Nishi High School Miyazaki   Spring Valley High School NV
      Toyama Prefectural Fushiki High School Toyama   Bellaire High School TX
               
2015              
               
  Mar 19th - Mar 28th View Itinerary High School Dispatch Tour 9        
               
      Kanagawa Sohgoh High School Kanagawa   Garfield High School WA
      Mojigakuen Senior High School Fukuoka   Norwin High School PA
      Seido Mikawadai School for Boys Nagasaki   Essex High School VT
      Fukui Prefectural Takefu Higashi Senior High School Fukui   Elkins Pointe Middle School GA
      Takamatsu High School Kagawa   Ridgewood High School NJ
      Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School Tokyo   Central Academy IA
      Mita Senior High School Tokyo   Valley and Valley Southwoods High Schools IA
      Minami-Uonuma City Board of Education Niigata   Robbinsdale Armstrong High School MN
      Tokyo Metropolitan Institute Igusa High School Tokyo   Shaler High School PA
      Suginami Sogo High School Tokyo   Shaler High School PA
      Ome Sogo High School Tokyo   North Salinas High School CA
      Kodaira High School Tokyo   North Salinas High School CA
      Omiya Nishi High School Saitama   Adrian High School MI
      Tachikawa International Secondary Education School Tokyo   Adrian High School MI
      Iwate Student Council President Summit Fukushima   Madison Country Day School WI
      NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou Tokyo   Madison Country Day School WI
      Shokei Gakuin Senior High School Miyagi   Bellarmine Preparatory School WA
      Haguro High School Yamagata   Bellarmine Preparatory School WA
      Hakuba High School Nagano   Valley Vista High School AZ
      Shimizu Higashi High School Shizuoka   Valley Vista High School AZ
      Osaka Prefectural Yuhigaoka High School Osaka   Clarkstown High School North NY
      Ehime University Senior High School Ehime   Clarkstown High School South NY

 

 

The KAKEHASHI Project aims 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," or the nation's strengths and attractiveness, such as Japanese-style values and "Cool Japan." The project is also anticipated to revitalize and boost the Japanese economy.

The objective of this youth exchange project is to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, enable future leaders of Japan-US exchanges to form networks, and help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level in the future. The Invitation program refers to American schools that visit Japan.

 

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