Applications for the Kakehashi Project due by January 2nd!

Applications for the Kakehashi Project 2017-18 Now Open!

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 nine 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.

Trip Schedule (See Schedule for Trip #2)

Trip Date: March 12-20, 2018

Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

Copy of Passport Deadline: No later than January 25, 2018      

Notification of Selection: Early February 2018

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.  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, or, call 202-223-1240 (Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST).

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