Members of the JENESYS 2018 Group 2B who participated last December.
Students who took part in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) project 2018 are grateful for the opportunity and have said they would not have traded the experience for anything else.
The JENESYS Programme is an initiative in partnership with the Government of Japan where University students from 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) including Australia and New Zealand are provided fully funded Nine Day study tours to Japan.
Ms Elisha Bano, JENESYS Programme Coordinator said the 2018 project successfully took place following the success of JENESYS 2017, 2016, 2015, JENESYS 2.0 and the Kizuna project.
Ms Bano explained that the project is an opportunity for Pacific Island students and youths to learn more about Japan under various themes including sports; Peacebuilding, history and culture; Trace, investment and tourism; Disaster prevention and reconstruction; Japanese language and culture; ocean resources and conservation and Environment and Energy.
“It is also an opportune time for participants to enjoy a homestay experience with local Japanese families, engage with peers at local high schools and universities, visit local ministries, councils and policymakers while also exploring museums, innovative infrastructure and cultural sites,” she said.
Mr Joel Cross, a student participant from Australia said the majority of his posts on Instagram regard Japan and he plans to move there after completing my studies.
Mr John Taukave, a student participant from Fiji said the experiences, in-depth knowledge of Japan’s history, culture and its diplomatic relations, awareness and promotion for peace were a real eye-opener.
“Lifelong relationships and bonds with young Japanese students, youths and the people themselves that were established was indeed a great treasure truly to be invaluable in our lifetime,” he said.
Tureheni File, Staff Supervisor from the Cook Islands shared that during their time in Japan there was a whole lot of walking and a valuable lesson gained is how active Japanese people are.
“They walk and cycle, at great speeds and I feel that we as Pacific Islanders should definitely adopt this! We also caught a bullet train to and from Kyoto. They had toilets, fold out trays on the back of the seats, window shutters, the ability to recline your seat and lots of leg room,” he said.
Jared Koli from the Solomon Islands mentioned that while visiting the National Museum of Emerging Science And Innovation in Odaiba, Tokyo they were astounded by the scientific development in Japan, its advances in high-tech and robotics.
Tours for the JENESYS 2018 project took place between November 2018 and February 2019.
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