January 17, 2018—Five PCC students, Destiny Emesiochel, Bilal Tamtreng, Kersten Dismas, Reva Ilemelong and Tricia Pedro were selected to participate in Japan’s Friendship Ties Program for Asia and Oceania region called “JENESYS”. JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is an initiative implemented by the University of the South Pacific in partnership with the Government of Japan. On 9th January, Ambassador Yamada congratulated the participants and wished an enjoyable time in Japan, followed by an orientation about Japan by the Embassy staff.
JENESYS provides a fully funded nine days study tour to Japan for University and College students from 16 Pacific Island countries including Australia and New Zealand. There are 63 students from the Oceania region including the five participants from Palau who will participate in the January program.
The five participants will leave Palau on January 24 and will return on February 1, 2018. There are two tour themes for them to choose from, one related to Economy, Trade and Tourism and the other related with Sports. All participants will be spending the first few days in Tokyo before splitting into two groups, one to Nagasaki prefecture and the other to Fukuoka prefecture, both in Kyushu, Japan.
The Sports group will have an opportunity to visit the 2020 Olympic venue in Odaiba. National Sports Science Center and Fukuoka City Office’s Sports Promotion Division. The Economy, Trade and Tourism group will visit Odaiba observation deck, Pacific Islands Centre, Bureau of Tourism office in Tokyo and other places in Nagasaki, such as tuna farming facility and the Atomic Bomb Museum. All of them will also have an opportunity to visit the oldest temple in Tokyo, Sensoji temple, participate in cultural exchange activities with Japanese students and experience homestay with Japanese host families in Nagasaki and Fukuoka.
JENESYS provides an opportunity for participants from the Pacific region to learn about each other’s cultures as well as to understand and experience Japanese culture and society. This is the first time that Palau is sending five students to participate in the program since 2015. The five PCC students have prepared a cultural dance to perform during their stay in Japan. [/restrict]