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Kizuna Project: Strengthening the bond between the U.S. and Japan through student exchange


We are pleased to announce the Kizuna (‘bond’) Project which has been developed in an effort to continue to support the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery efforts.  Encouraging youth exchange between Japan and the U.S., the Kizuna Project is administered by The Laurasian Institution  and will enable 1,000 American high school students to visit the areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan; 1,000 Japanese high school students and 200 Japanese college students to visit various states across the U.S.

While in the U.S.:
  • The high school students will spend 15 days visiting both the East and West Coasts, and give presentations on the current situation of the disaster-affected areas and promote understanding of Japan’s recovery from the unprecedented disaster through homestay and exchanges with American high school students.  
  • The college students will spend 6 months, and give presentations on the current situation of the disaster-affected areas through English language study courses and internship programs offered by corporations and organizations. This program aims to foster future leaders with international viewpoint who will take the initiative in advancing Japan’s reconstruction and Japan-U.S. exchanges.

While in Japan:

  • The high school students will spend 14 days and visit four devastated prefectures (Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Ibaraki) to experience the current status of reconstruction in the areas, engage in volunteer activities, and participate in exchange programs.

This program will run from June 2012 to March 2013 (tentatively).  Please visit here for more information.