Japan Embassy hosts Youth Leader Exchange participants

|     Lyna Mohamad     |

THE Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam hosted a farewell ceremony for the Bruneian students participating in the ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange on Friday.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato was present.

The ambassador gave an overview of what Japan has to offer in terms of its energy-saving and green technologies, making it the third-largest economy, despite having no natural resources.

“I hope that you will see, learn and gain as much knowledge as possible, to share with the people here,” he said.

Group leader Awangku Abdul Azim bin Pengiran Yusof referred to the bilateral relations between Brunei and Japan, as “profoundly reshaping communications, infrastructure, economies and the goals of Brunei Vision 2035”.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato in a group photo with students. – LYNA MOHAMAD

“Its transformative technology spurs innovation, facilitates trade and commerce, and enables the flow of information in public interest. We are about to open a door that will lead to even greater innovation and choice, laying the path to Vision 2035 – the greatest potential unifying force for Brunei,” he added.

He said that their participation will help to promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of both countries as well as promote global understanding of Japan’s economics, society, politics and foreign policy across ASEAN.

“Our aim is to further empower youth and give them a deeper understanding about ASEAN and its role in our society,” he said.

Under JENESYS 2018, the ASEAN + Timor-Leste Youth Leader Exchange is composed of promising university graduate students from ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste, with the participation of 10 students from each country.

The main objective of this programme is mainly to provide an opportunity to develop young leaders who can solve ASEAN’s problems over the coming 10 years.

To achieve the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, four sub-themes are set in this programme, where each participant will visit one of distinctive regional areas in Japan and learn about Japan’s experiences and technologies related to the assigned themes. They will also discuss with the members about their applications in ASEAN region.

The distinctive regional areas are Food Tourism (Hokkaido Prefecture – 22 students), Disaster Prevention (Miyagi Prefecture – 33 students), History and Environment of Manufacturing (Aichi Prefecture – 22 students) and Historical Heritage (Okayama Prefecture – 33 students).

On the first two days of the programme, the group will participate in the orientation programme and theme-related lectures Observations in Tokyo, and will move to local areas where they will visit theme-related facilities, participate in school exchanges and experience homestays.

Other activities include creating videos at a workshop to share the experiences gained in the programme, as well as a reporting session on the outcome.