Undergraduate Invitation Program

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The KAKEHASHI University Invitation Program invited approximately over 600 university students from the US to visit Japan between May 2013 and October 2014. The programs were 11 days(10 in Japan) and included academic, economic, cultural and sightseeing points of interest.

The program was funded and organized by MOFA and the Tokyo-based Japan Foundation Youth Exchange Bureau (YEB). The Laurasian Institution (TLI), a Seattle-based organization, was responsible for preparation and post-program aspects for all US participants.






2013     American University     Japanese Host University  
  May 11th - May 21st            
      Kent State University OH   Kwansei Gakuin Hyogo
      Murray State University KY   Kobe Gakuin Hyogo
  May 14th - May 24th            
      University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh WI   Chiba University Tokyo
      Rice University MA   Chiba University Tokyo
  May 20th - May 30th            
      University of Wisconsin-Madison WI   Doshisha University Kyoto
      Gerge Mason State University VA   Yokohama National University Kanagawa
      LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) NY   Doshisha University Kyoto
      Hunter Community College (CUNY) NY   Doshisha University Kyoto
  May 26th - Jun 5th            
      Riverside Community College District CA   Miyagi Gakuin University Miyagi
  Jun 24th - Jun 3rd            
      University of California, Irvine CA   Fukushima University Fukushima
      The University of Kansas KS   Shizuoka University Shizuoka
      University of Pittsburgh PA   Fukui University Fukui
      United States Military Academy NY   Hosei University Tokyo
      Five College Consortium MA   Ochanomizu University Tokyo
      University of North Carolina at Charlotte NC   Osaka City University Osaka
      Clemson University SC   Kobe University Hyogo
      University of Hawaii at Manoa HI   Kita Kyushu University Kyushu
      University of South Florida FL   Kyoto Sangyo University Kyoto
  Jul 28th - Aug 7th            
      Arizona State University AZ   Tohoku University Miyagi
      The University of Alabama AL   Tsukuba University Tsukuba
  Japanese American Citizen League : Japanese American Young Adults
  May 20th - May 29th            
      JACL Slot 1 CA   Doshisha University Kyoto
  Jul 15th - Jul 24th            
      JACL Slot 2 (A)     Doshisha University and Meiji University Kyoto, Tokyo
      JACL Slot 2 (B) CA   Fukushima University and Toyo University Fukushima, Tokyo
  Oct 13th - Oct 23rd            
      JACL Slot 3 CA   Miyagi University of Education Miyagi



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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