HOT PRESS
Vol. 417 Apr., 11 2012
 
Deepening international understanding through youth exchange program
Deepening international understanding through youth exchange program
Teenage Ambassadors Program-High school students from Japan and
            Indonesia visit each other’s countries to build a friendship
The Teenage Ambassador program is organized by the Aeon 1% Club with an aim to help young people cultivate understanding and a spirit of friendship across different cultures. Since its launch in 1990, a total of 803 high school students from 15 countries have participated in this cross-cultural youth program.This time, the event was organized to promote exchange between Tokyo and Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and a sister city of Tokyo. On January 16, 2012, 20 Indonesian high school students arrived in Tokyo to participate in an eight-day tour program. The teenage participants had opportunities to learn various aspects of Japanese society and culture, including a meeting with Prime Minister Noda at his office, a visit to a high school in Tokyo, and nature-themed activities in Hokkaido, among others. In exchange for the visit by high school students from Jakarta, 20 Japanese counterparts visited Indonesia two months later.The seven-day program (March 12 to 18, excluding the day for return flight) was filled with a variety of activities and projects,
ranging from an honorary visit to President Yudhoyono at the Palace in Bogor to a reunion with the Indonesian program participants, attending classes at their school and staying at their homes, thereby deepening a cross-border friendship.   Indonesian students visiting Japanese Prime Minister Noda at his office / Japanese students visiting Indonesian President Yudhoyono at the Palace in Bogor