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Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children's Japanese Language Network

Scheme Outline

What is the Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children's Japanese Language Network?

In a globalized world, mutual understanding and acceptance of the diversity of lifestyles and cultures of other countries is crucial. The Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children's Japanese Language Network aims to provide opportunities for Japanese and overseas students to deepen their understanding of each other and to grow into internationally-minded people through intercultural experiences and international exchanges in the Japanese language.

Establishment of a global network for the Japanese language

Preparatory Training in Japan for Overseas Teachers

Preparatory training in Japan for overseas teachers (excluding Japanese nationals) participating in the Japan Experience Program for Overseas Children.
Teachers prepare for participation in the program by discussing ways to maximize learning effectiveness, etc., while also gaining new knowledge and skills useful to them in their roles as Japanese teachers.

Overseas Experience Program for Japanese Children

A program for students of Japanese junior high schools.
Students visit an overseas school for exchanges and intercultural experiences with students of the same age who are studying Japanese, promoting their renewed awareness of the Japanese language and Japanese culture, as well as recognition of themselves as international people.

Japan Experience Program for Overseas Children

A program for students (aged 12-16) who are studying Japanese at overseas schools.
Students visit a Japanese school for exchanges and intercultural experiences in Japanese with students of the same age, deepening understanding and interest in the Japanese language and Japanese culture.

Support provided

Airfares and transport, accommodation, meals and program activities for the duration of each program.

Judging panel

Yoshiko Furukawa
Shinichi Kato
Gunei Sato (Chair)
Sawa Toda

Chief Lecturer, The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Urawa
Teacher, Keimei Gakuen Junior and Senior High School
President, Mejiro University
Associate Managing Director, Association for Japanese-Language Teaching

For applicants

Application Procedures

  1. Obtain the Application Guide and Participant Application Form & Letter of Consent. (Downloadable below)
  2. Fill in the Participant Application Form
  3. Obtain a copy of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Certificate of Proficiency (if you have a Certificate of Proficiency)
  4. Obtain the Japanese ability self-assessment checklist
  5. Send the above documents to the designated address by mail.

* Refer to the Application Guide for full details

Download forms

Application Guide, Participant Application Form & Letter of Consent

The 6th Japan Experience Program for Overseas Children (For Overseas schools)
Application Guide (Japanese) (490KB)  
Application Guide (English) (408KB)  
Participant Application Form & Letter of Consent (416KB)
(242KB)
Japanese language proficiency self-assessment checklist (161KB)  

* Registration deadline: Must arrive by Apr 18, 2014

The 5th Overseas Experience Program for Japanese Children
The 5th Japan Experience Program for Overseas Children (For Japanese schools)
Application Guide (Japanese only) (499KB)  
Participant Application Form & Letter of Consent (Japanese only) (167KB)
(57KB)

* Registration deadline: Must arrive by May 22, 2013