Now Accepting Applications for the JACL Kakehashi Program 2017-2018!

September 20, 2017                                                                                         
Contact:   Kenzi Hirai, Norman Y. Mineta Fellow
                  Elle Kurata, Daniel K. Inouye Fellow        japanprogram@jacl.org
January 2016 JACL Kakehashi Program Participants
Picture provided by: Taylor Kim
Apply now for the 2017-2018 JACL Kakehashi Program! Up to 200 participants will be selected to participate in this year’s JACL Kakehashi Program, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of the JACL Kakehashi Program is to build relations between Japan and Japanese Americans/Asian Americans. The program provides participants with a better understanding of Japan through a variety of fields, including politics, economics, and culture. JACL Kakehashi Program alumni are encouraged to become effective advocates in enhancing U.S. – Japan relations.
Participants selected in a competitive process will travel to Japan for 9-days where they will visit a number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities, and participate in a homestay with a local family.
Check out the website to apply to be a participant or a supervisor.
Trip Schedule 
 
Trip Date
Application Deadline
Copy of Passport Deadline
Notification of Selection 
Trip 1:
December 13-20, 2017
October 9, 2017 No later than October 31, 2017 Early November 2017
Trip 2:
March 12-20, 2018
January 2, 2018
No later than January 25, 2016
Early November 2016
Program and Application Guidelines
Applicants must be (1) a student in good standing currently enrolled in accredited college or university OR a young professional who has completed a minimum of a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university; (2) between the ages of 18-25 years old, (3) Japanese American or Asian American heritage. Please click here for additional program and eligibility guidelines.
You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.
The online application is available here. All applications and requested documentation must be received by the deadlines specified on the application.
If you have any questions or issues, please contact Elle Kurata or Kenzie Hirai at japanprogram@jacl.org, or call 202-223-1240 (Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:30pm EST).