The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the call for applications for the ASEAN-Japan Youth Forum: Take Actions for Social Change (TASC) 2023!
To commemorate the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Japan Foundation and the Kamenori Foundation, in cooperation with the ASEAN University Network, are organizing an exchange program to deepen mutual understanding between young people in ASEAN countries and Japan.
This project provides an opportunity for international exchange and idea sharing with young people of the same generation from diverse backgrounds, targeting university undergraduates who wish to take concrete actions to solve social issues with the common interest of “co-creating a better world in 2050”. Through the experience of “meeting,” “studying together,” and “working collaboratively toward the same goal” with other people who have diverse values and different cultural backgrounds, participants can “expand perspectives,” “increase acceptance and tolerance of different cultural environments” and “acquire the desire and skills to take action leading to social change”.
Each team of participants will develop their own questions and themes, which will be explored through online programs, field trips, and other specific case studies. Then, through dialogue with other team members, participants will co-create ideas and actions to create a better world, and each team will present a report on the outcome.
The program is expected to build human connections between young people in ASEAN countries and Japan that may last longer, and participants are expected to play an active role in the future as global leaders who can help bring about meaningful social change.
◆Theme: “Envisioning a better world in 2050”
◆Participants: Approx. 30 persons (10 ASEAN countries and Japan, 2-3 persons from each country)
◆Program Schedule: The program will consist of the following programs (attendance at all is mandatory)
|Orientation||June 22(Sat), 2023||Explanation of program schedule
such as online program dates
|Online Seminar||July 30(Sun), 2023||Ice breaking and team building|
|ASEAN Field Trip (5 Nights, 6 Days)|
|Excursion||Thailand: August 27(Sun) – September 1(Fri)
Indonesia: September 3(Sun) – September 8(Fri)
Philippines: September 4(Mon) – September 9(Sat)
|For details, please refer to ASEAN Field Trip|
|Preparation for Presentation||September to November
Online Seminar: October 15(Sun)
|Online consultation period with a mentor for presentation content and interim training|
|Japan Visits and Symposium (7 Nights; 8 Days)|
|Excursion||November 19(Sun) – November 26(Sun)||For details, please refer to Japan Visit and Symposium|
|Symposium||November 24(Fri)||Presentation about an action idea prepared by each student team|
|Closing Seminar||November 25(Sat)||Post-program reflections|
ASEAN Field Trip
◆Dates: 5 nights/6 days in August – September 2023
➢ To deepen understanding of common global issues that get higher attention in the ASEAN region.
➢ To develop the theme by listening to the stories of practitioners and observing them on-site.
➢ To deepen bonds among participants through dialogues and activities.
◆Venue and Theme:
(1) Thailand: August 27 (Sun) to September 1 (Fri), 2023; Theme: Aging Society
(2) Indonesia: September 3 (Sun) to 8 (Sat), 2023; Theme: Environment and disaster education
(3) Philippines: September 4 (Mon) to 9 (Sat), 2023; Theme: Diversity
*Participants will be divided into teams and participate in one of the above countries. The destination will be decided
by the program secretariat.
*The theme and content of the field trip program are subject to change for various reasons.
*During the field trip, participants are requested to bring their own PCs to work and make a presentation. If you don’t have a PC that you can bring, please consult with program secretariat when you are selected to participate.
Japan Visits and Symposium
Dates: November 19 (Sun) – November 26 (Sun), 2023 7 nights/8 days
➢ To deepen understanding of the current status of social issues in Japan through site visits to various locations.
➢ To deepen understanding of Japan through exchange opportunities with Japanese university students.
➢ To present action ideas for creating a better world, based on the experience gained through the program.
➢ To review the program as a whole and prepare to apply the experience to future action.
◆Venue: Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tokyo (tentative)
◆Number of participants (tentative): Approx. 30 persons (10 ASEAN countries and Japan, 2-3 persons from
|DAY||AM (8:30-12:30)||PM (130:00 – 17:30)||Night (18:30 – 20:30)||Stay|
|1||November 19(Sun)||Arrive at KIX Airport||Osaka|
|2-4||November 20(Mon) –22(Wed)||Excursions to Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo|
|5||November 23(Thu)||Preparation for final presentation||Tokyo|
|6||November 24(Fri)||Preparation for final presentation||Symposium||Reception||Tokyo|
|7||November 25(Sat)||Closing seminar||Farewell Party||Tokyo|
|8||November 26(Sun)||Depart from NRT/HND airport|
➢ Full-time students enrolled in the invited university’s undergraduate degree programs
*For details, please refer to the Appendix 1_List of University attached hereto
➢ A citizen or permanent resident of the country in which the university in which he/she is enrolled is located
➢ Ability to participate in the full duration of the program, including the orientation
➢ Those who are taking some action on their own to solve common global and national social issues, or those
who have a strong interest in such issues or have a strong interest in solving common global and national
➢ Those who are interested in international exchange and cross-cultural understanding
➢ Ability to understand the purpose of the program and to actively participate in program. Ability to submit all the
assignments given by the organizer on time
➢ Sufficient English-language skills and positive attitude to have a global communication
➢ Those who have not lived abroad (including study abroad) for more than one year
➢ Those who are physically and mentally healthy and have no problems participating in all the programs
➢ Those who are able to prepare the necessary equipment for online exchange (computer [not smartphones],
internet connection environment, etc.)
➢ Those who can actively participate in and cooperate with events requested by the organizers and co-organizers
➢ Those who agree to allow the photographs and videos taken during the program to be posted on the organizer’s and co-organizers’ websites and SNS etc., for PR purpose.
There is no participation fee (The organizers will cover international travel expenses, meals and accommodation,
and related *transportation fee).
*The round-trip transportation fee from the airport nearest to your home to the venue will be covered.
◆Documents to be submitted
1) Application Form (Assigned Form 1) – ＜Application Form 1＞Application form for TASC 2023
2) Essay (Assigned Form 2) – ＜Application Form 2＞Essay for TASC 2023
Both documents should be written in English.
Please submit the application via e-mail
*Please provide your name and the name of the document as the file name.
Example: “(Your name)_Application Form”, “(Your name)_Essay”.
➢ Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org cc. email@example.com
➢ Subject: “TASC 2023 Application
◆Schedule of Selection:
|Application Open||May 2 (Tue), 2023|
|Deadline for Application Submission||June 4(Sun), 2023|
|1st-Round Selection Result Announcement||June 7(Wed) (Tentative)|
|2nd-Round Selection||June 14(Wed) – June 30 (Fri)
*20 minutes on any day (online)
|2nd-Round Selection Result Announcement||July 4 (Tue) (Tentative)|
◆Announcement of the results:
Those selected in the final results will be notified by e-mail.
Details of the 2nd-round of selection will be sent by e-mail to successful applicants of the 1st-round selection.
◆Acceptance for the participation:
The participants will be required to sign the participation agreement. Details will be provided to successful
applicants in the 2nd-round selection.
➢ As a general rule, submitted application documents will not be returned.
➢ The personal information of applicants will not be used for any purpose other than this selection process.
*For details, please refer to Appendix 2_Consent on Handling of Personal Information attached hereto.
➢ Please check your e-mail frequently during the period between the submission of application documents and
the notification of results.
Countermeasures against new COVID-19 infection
Infection control measures will be taken for the health and safety of participants and instructors/staff during the main program implementation. Specific details are subject to change depending on the infection situation.
Temperature checks, hand washing and disinfection with alcohol, and wearing masks during the main program.
Ventilation of training rooms and installation of splash prevention panels.
Program Guidelines: ＜Program Guideline＞ TASC 2023
Appendix 1: Appendix 1_List of University
Appendix 2: Appendix 2_Consent on Handling of Personal Information
Application Form 1: ＜Application Form 1＞Application form for TASC 2023
Application Form 2: ＜Application Form 2＞Essay for TASC 2023
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