The Lao delegation of eight secondary school students, eight university students and one government official on Oct 15, 2018 travelled from Wattay International Airport, Lao PDR, to Japan to participate in the Exchange for Environmental Protection and Natural Disaster Prevention Technology under the framework of JENESYS 2018, supported by the Japanese Government.
They will stay in Japan between Oct 16 and 23, 2018. The programme focuses on measures for environmental protection and natural disaster prevention in Japan.
The sixteen students were selected from more than 370 applicants by the selection committee, comprising representatives of the Lao Youth Union, and the Embassy of Japan in the Lao PDR. The Lao students will visit Tokyo and Kamaishi, which is located in south-central Iwate Prefecture, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean lying to the east.
The city was hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which deprived many lives of its residents.
However, the residents have worked together for the rehabilitation of the city, and Kamaishi is moving forward steadfastly towards its future.
The students will visit facilities related to environmental protection and natural disaster prevention, experience home-stay and school-exchange programme to deepen their understanding of Japan’s society, history, and diverse cultures.
JENESYS is a society-to-society exchange programme that links Japan and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, with its history dating back to 2007.
The Japanese government will invite about 120 young Lao people to Japan in this fiscal year.
Source: Lao News Agency