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Kizuna Project Workshop with SAARC youths

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On January 30th, Youths of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) visited Toyo University in order to participate in Kizuna Project workshop, which were being held there.

The “Kizuna Project” was first begun by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aims to promote global awareness and understanding of the revival and rebuilding that has taken place since The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
As part of this project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites youths from 41 foreign countries to visit Japan. These youths participate in a wide variety of activities, such as exchange programs, stricken areas inspections, volunteer works and so on.
In addition, this project sends Japanese youths overseas to each participating country. The aim of this measure is to disseminate accurate and up-to-date information about the disaster, disaster prevention and the present condition of stricken areas.

These visit-to-Japan teams are made up of youths from 8 countries in Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan). The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) leads them and organized the visit to Toyo University.

After the opening session, participants were divided into 2 parallel sessions and performed group work and discussions in English.

Parallel session 1:“The earthquake disaster and revival” was presented by a volunteer circle “Salamat”and NPO “Never-ending International work Camps Exchange (NICE).”Salamat and NICE removed rubble together at stricken areas.
These discussions were followed by presentations by Toyo University students about the experience at the stricken area, reading of the disaster victims' diary in English, and a video show. After that, participants exchanged their opinions about changing daily life and volunteer work.

In the parallel session 2:“Japanese Culture,” participants were involved in group work about the following topics:“How Japanese people are seen by foreign counties and Japanese traditional culture,” “Countries of South Asia seen from a Japanese perspective,” “About the acquisition method of a foreign language (Japanese and English), and cultural identification.” Finally they summarized the conclusion and comments of each group onto one sheet.

After the workshops, participants had lunch together. Many of them took pictures and exchanged their e-mail addresses. After the lunch, visit-to-Japan teams performed traditional dances, and then the event was completed on a more serious note. Participants said they had had a very significant discussion, and that it would became a good memory of Japan for them.

Japan International Cooperation Center: JICE

Never-ending International workCamps Exchange: NICE