Students from University of Ottawa and Carleton University Depart for a Nine-day Youth Exchange Program in Japan

Ottawa, Ontario – December 8, 2015 – A delegation of 21 students representing the University of Ottawa and Carleton University departed this morning to participate in Kakehashi – Japan Friendship Ties Program, a bilateral youth exchange project funded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These students will take part in a nine-day program in Japan that includes stops in Tokyo and the City of Kobe. The program includes participation in seminars and debates at Kobe University, cultural workshops and calls on government and businesses that have ties to Canada.

“As the implementing agency for this exciting program, we look forward to hearing about the new linkages developed by our Canadian students that will hopefully open doors to future career opportunities and enrich their understanding of Japan, its culture and people,” said Stewart Beck, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

The Kakehashi Project 2015 involves the exchange of 160 students from two high schools and 12 universities in Canada and Japan.  

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is working in co-operation with Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) to deliver this Japan-Canada exchange program.


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:


Christine Nakamura

Director, Public Relations, Marketing & Policy Coordination

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Tel: 416-597-8040 ext. 203


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