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Travel to Japan with Japan's Friendship Ties Program "MIRAI"

Japan's Friendship Ties Programs MIRAI (Mutual understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic Exchange Initiative) invites groups of promising young leaders from Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus who study politics, security policies, economics, science and technology, arts and culture, international relations, Asian studies, Japan Studies or other related fields, and also who are expected to play an active role in international society and provides opportunities to have intellectual exchanges with Japanese students of the same generations and scholars.

The program aims to deepen participants' understanding of Japan and its policy, to promote mutual understanding, and thus build a basis for future friendship and cooperation between Japan and their regions. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) hopes that the program would offer a great opportunity to Promote a deeper understanding of Japan's economy, society, history, diverse cultures, politics, and diplomatic relations among participants, Foster supporters and experts of Japan, Strengthen public relations through proactive dissemination of Japan's diplomatic policy and attractive points by participants, Strengthen relations between Japan and the participants' regions, and build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.

Students enroled in Swiss or Liechtenstein universities are eligible to apply to the following programs:

  • Group 2: Diplomacy and Security Policy; travel period: Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2023
  • Group 3: Economy and Business; travel period: Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2023
  • Group 4: Science and Technology; travel period: Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2024
  • Group 5: Environment and Green; travel Period: Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2023
  • Group 7: Discovering Regions and Cultures. IMPORTANT: Group 7 "Discovering Regions and Cultures" will be conducted entirely online (Zoom meetings) without traveling to Japan.

For more information about the programs, please visit Japanese Embassy in Switzerland's website.