International Youth Exchange Programs

※ Due to the spread of novel coronavirus(COVID-19), we have made the decision to cancel all of the International Youth Exchange Programs which we originally had planned for FY2020

The aim of the International Youth Exchange Programs by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, is to foster healthy growth of youths who will be the core force of the next generation, by promoting mutual understanding and friendship among youths, while broadening their international view, as well as nurturing the spirit of international cooperation. It is through two types of programs, (1) sending Japanese youths and inviting foreign youths to Japan utilizing airplanes and, (2) multi-national exchange utilizing ships.

In each program, Japanese as well as foreign participant youths will engage in various activities including exchange programs such as research and discussion of common topics based on global points of view, introduction of culture of his or her country, observation of industrial/cultural/educational institutions, homestay, etc. to deepen friendship and spirit of goodwill.

After participating in the programs of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, Japanese youths are to join an alumni association, International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan (IYEO). Fully utilizing their valuable experience through the programs in Japan and overseas, they launch diverse activities for promoting social contribution and international understanding and cooperation in their communities and/or through their professions.

Foreign youths organize alumni associations of Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program(SSEAYP), Ship for World Youth(SWY), etc., in their respective countries, conducting various activities of social contribution and sustaining strong ties with Japan and other participating countries.

About Programs

Program of FY 2019

Program of FY 2018

  • The International Youth Development Exchange Program (INDEX)
  • The Japan/China Youth Friendship Exchange Program
  • The Japan/Korea Youth Friendship Exchange Program
  • The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)
  • The Ship for World Youth Leaders - MEIJI150th - (SWY)
  • The Community Core Leaders Development Program (Core)

Program Outline of FY 2017

Post Program Activities

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Program of 2016

Program of 2015