Cultura & Opportunità



Bando 2010


Study Tour of Japan for European Youth 2010



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan invites young Europeans for a ten-day group study tour of Japan in November 2010.

The objective is, in the short term, to inspire participants’ interest on Japan through experiences on many aspects of Japan (i.e. Japanese politics, economy, culture, society). It is hoped that the participants’ deeper understanding of Japan gained during this tour will contribute to strengthening future ties between Japan and European countries.






general rules


Applicants are required to meet the following conditions:




Nationals of the following countries:

Andorra(Application at Japanese Embassy in France), Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus(at Embassy in Greece), Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein(at Embassy in Switzerland), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta(at Embassy in Italy), Monaco(at Embassy in France), the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino(at Embassy in Italy), Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, EU*

 * “EU applicants” are limited to officers and trainees of the EU Institutions– European Commission, Council of the EU, European Parliament etc.- with the nationality of the 27 Member States.

    Dual nationals of Japan are not entitled to apply.




Aged 25-35 as of 1st June 2010




Able to communicate effectively in English



-    Applicants are not student.

-    Applicants have never visited Japan before and have no plan to visit Japan in the near future.

-    Applicants are expected to be enthusiastic, sociable and well suited to group activities for the Tour.

-    Participants are required to submit a short essay. It is also required to answer to a questionnaire and submit a report after the Tour. The theme of the report is; “The future between Europe and Japan.”.



II.   For Italia, Malta and San Marino citizens


Applications should include:



a cover letter in English containing participant's:
full name


date of birth


present address and telephone numbers (mobile included)


and how he/she came to know of this essay contest



a Curriculum Vitae in English








a short essay (one page in A4-sized paper) in English on:

What would you do to strengthen the relationship between Japan and your country ( Europe or EU) ".


The submitted documents will not be returned





Applications are required to be sent by  26th july 2010




















Where to send the applications:


Applications are required to be sent to the Japanese Embassy/Consulates General in the applicant’s country of nationality. (This rule, in principle, applies also to applicants residing in another country.)


Malta and San Marino citizens, Italian citizens living in the regions of the Center and South of Italy (
Toscana, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Abbruzzo, Molise, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia, Sardegna) are requested to send their application to the Embassy of Japan in Rome at the following address:



  Via Quintino Sella 60 - ROMA 00187 Tel. 06487991

Italian citizens living in the regions of t
he North of Italy (Liguria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Trentino Alto Adige, Valle d’Aosta, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna) are requested to send their application to the Consulate General of Japan in Milan at the following address:



   Via privata C. Mangili 2-4 20121 MILANO Tel. 026241141


 "EU applicants" mentioned above are requested to send their applications to the Mission of Japan to the European Union in Brussels.




selection procedure:

Personal interviews in English will be held on the beginning of August 









Duration (plan)

Group A: from 8th to 18th November 2010 (ATTENZIONE: il gruppo A è stato cancellato: tutti i 37 partecipanti partiranno con il gruppo B)

Group B: from 29th November to 9th December 2010




Number of Participants

Up to 37 persons in total











Plan of Study Tour

(a) Experiencing cultural, economic and political aspects of Japan from both traditional and modern perspectives through lectures, visits and hands-on experiences.

(b) Discussions with Japanese youth.

(c) Visits to regional cities in Japan

(d) Stay with a host family.