GEN-J Facilitators and Supporters as well as the Year 17 JOI Coordinators, were selected and placed at their host organizations in the U.S.
The Grassroots Exchange Network - Japan (GEN-J) Program
The GEN-J Program began in 2018
to deepen the understanding of Japanese culture and language. The main purpose of this program is to strengthen the collaboration between Japanese companies operating in the U.S. and local communities. Japanese participants were sent to regions in the Midwest and South, which have ,limited opportunities for cultural exchange with Japan.
The JOI Program, which began in 2002, aims to raise awareness and understanding of Japanese culture by dispatching Japanese coordinators to the Midwest and South. Unlike GEN-J, JOI Coordinators provide mainly community outreach activities about Japan to foster mutual understanding.
The GEN-J and JOI Programs are jointly administered by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and Laurasian Institution.