1. What is the purpose of the Program?
The purpose of the “Ship for World Youth” program is to broaden the global view of the Japanese youth, to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japanese and foreign youth as well as to cultivate the spirit of international cooperation and the competence to practice it, and furthermore to foster the youths with capability of showing leadership in various area of international society.
In addition, this program aims at establishing networks and promoting joint activities among youths around the world through providing, as the concrete and practical opportunity, the cohabitation and the joint activity on the board of the “Ship for World Youth”, which is the epitome of international society with wide variety of cultures and ideas, to make an visible international contribution from the perspective of human resource development.
2. How often does the Program run? How long does it run for?
SWY Program runs every year, usually between January and February. However, Russia is normally invited every 4-5 years.
3. How many countries are invited and how many participants are there from each country?
10 foreign countries are invited, with delegations composed by 12 participants from each country. Plus, more than 100 Japanese participants.
4. Can I join as a participant of an another country?
No, you must be a national of the invited country.
5. How much does it cost to participate?
The program is fully sponsored by the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government (except for personal/incidental charges and insurance etc.).