The Ship for World Youth (SWY) program, operated by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, is a program that involves youths from Japan and countries around the world. The participants board the Ship for World Youth, live together, and while on board, they study and discuss common issues from a global perspective and participate in other various activities that involve multi-cultural and multi-national exchange opportunities.
The SWY program which began in 1988, marked its 25th voyage in 2013(FY2012).
For the 2014(FY2013), the Global Leaders Development Program will be
implemented, succeeding the general purpose of SWY program.
In this program, approximately 140 youth from Japan and 140 youth from various areas of the world live together on board the ship and engage in various multilateral exchange activities such as studying and discussing common issues from a global viewpoint on board and in the countries visited.