The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2018

The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) is based on the respective Joint Statement issued in January 1974 between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, and the Kingdom of Thailand.

Brunei Darussalam joined the Program in 1985, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1996. Lao people’s Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar joined the Program in 1998.Furthermore in 2000, the Kingdom of Cambodia also joined the Program.

The Program is carried out by the Government of Japan (through the Office for International Youth Exchange of the Cabinet Office) with the active participation and cooperation of these ten Southeast Asian countries.


The aims of this Program are to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and the ten Southeast Asian countries, to broaden their perspective of the world, and furthermore, to strengthen their spirit of international cooperation, and practical skills for international collaboration.

As a result, it is expected to cultivate youth who are capable of exercising their leadership skills in various fields in the globalizing society and to contribute to society in areas such as youth development.

These aims can be achieved through sharing their lives onboard the ship, introducing each other about their countries, and participating in discussions and various exchange activities both onboard and in the countries to be visited.

Summary of the 45th SSEAYP report in 2018

The 45th Program was carried out for approximately 50 days from October to December, 2018, starting with the country program in Tokyo and several prefectures in Japan.

The Program made a port call in Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Representatives of participants visited Davao City during the stay in Manila.

Activities in Japan

An Inauguration Ceremony (gathering all Participating Youth (PY)) and Welcome Reception were organized on October 24.

A 5-day and 4-night Regional Program was organized for PYs to experience local culture.

Onboard Activities and Country Programs (Nov.2 -Dec.12)

Discussion Programs

SG Activities

Activities in the Countries to be Visited

  • Discussion Program
    The Discussion Program followed a “common theme” with following eight themes. Each Discussion Group comprised of more or less the same number of PYs from different contingents.
    1. Good and Bad Aspects of Globalization
    2. Information and Media
    3. International Relations (ASEAN-Japan Cooperation)
    4. Living in the Longevity Society
    5. Quality Education
    6. Resilient and Sustainable City Design
    7. Soft Power and Youth People-to-People Diplomacy
    8. Use of Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy Services
  • Post-Program Session
    The Post-Program Session intends to deepen PYs’ understanding of the SSEAYP International, its mission, objectives and activities, and to encourage them to actively participate or organize post-program activities
  • SG Activities
    Each Solidarity Group (SG) shall carry out activities to deepen mutual understanding and to promote friendship among PYs in each SG.
  • PY Seminars
    The PY Seminars focus on sharing and discussing PYs’ knowledge and experiences with a relatively small number of PYs in peer learning style.

Activities in the Countries visited

Country programs, or the activities in the countries visited, were organized and conducted by respective governments and Reception Committees (RCs). The RCs generally included members of the Alumni Associations in the respective countries. Ex-PYs played an active part in the implementation of the country program, often accompanying the PYs to various venues.

The duration of the visit to each country was 4 to 5 days. The country programs included courtesy calls on high ranking government officials, interaction with local youth and institutional visits to industrial, educational, cultural and social welfare facilities. During the country program in Brunei Darussalam, the institutional visits were arranged according to the eight Discussion Group themes.

Report of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 2018