APF Canada, NFUAJ Launch Canada-Japan Bilateral Youth Exchange Program

Vancouver, B.C. – May 7, 2013 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), with support from National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ), today announced the launch of a bilateral youth exchange program between Canada and Japan with funding from the Japanese government.

The ‘Kakehashi Project’ will send 200 Canadian high school students on a 10-day study tour of Japan, as well as sending 200 Japanese students on a tour of Canada. The initiative got underway today with the departure of the first group of students to Osaka, Japan from Metro Vancouver’s New Westminster Secondary School. Eight high schools from across Canada will be participating in this exchange program.

“We are proud to launch this bridging initiative which aims to deepen people-to-people ties between the youth of Canada and Japan,” said Mr. Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. “By giving students first-hand exposure in each country, this program will help foster a greater appreciation and understanding for the long-term and on-going interests that exist between Canada and Japan.”

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada will manage the bilateral program in Canada for incoming Japanese students while NFUAJ will deliver the program for Canadian students going to Japan.

The ‘Kakehashi Project’ is one of many youth exchange projects Japan has introduced this year involving Asia/Oceania and North America and a total of about 35,000 youth. The cost to implement this global project is 15 billion Japanese yen (about C$152 million).

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About APF Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada's transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, helping to inform public policy, the Canadian public and Canada’s Asia practitioners. The Foundation is funded principally through an endowment from the Government of Canada and by corporate and individual donors.

For additional information, please contact:

Trang Nguyen
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tel: 604-630-1540
Email: trang.nguyen@asiapacific.ca

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