The JAL Foundation - a cultural arm of Japan Airlines, will hold the 43rd JAL Scholarship Program in Japan for 19 university undergraduates from ten countries and regions across Asia from June 27 to July 17, 2011.
The 21-day program includes a wide variety of activities such as lectures in Tokyo, the Asia Forum in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and a field trip to Iwate in North East Japan that is jointly organized with East Japan Railway Culture Foundation. The Scholarship students will have opportunity to interact with their Japanese peers and together discuss and present their ideas around the year's theme of "Proposals from the Youth to Bring Back a Vibrant Japan". Through a home-stay segment in the program which will be hosted by families of past and present JAL Group employees, the overseas students will also have the chance to enhance their understanding of the Japanese culture.
The JAL Scholarship Program has hosted a total of 1,452 students since it began in 1975, launched by then-President of Japan Airlines, Shizuo Asada, as an introduction to Japan for university students from Asia & Oceania, and with the objective of encouraging youths from the regions to develop better international relations. Since 1990 the JAL Foundation has organized the annual event, which has evolved in scope and content over the years. Numerous graduates from the program have gone on to become key members of society, playing important roles in their countries. Through the program, JAL seeks to continue fostering such positive international relationships.
For information about JAL's main social programs, please visit http://www.jal.com/en/society/