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April 17, 2015
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666

SAKURA Exchange Program in Science Selects the First Exchange Proposals for FY2015

JST (Michiharu Nakamura, President) made the final selections from the first call for proposals for FY2015 SAKURA Exchange Program in Science.

The goals of the SAKURA Exchange Program in Science are to work within the framework of close collaboration of industry, academia, and government of Japan to invite outstanding Asian youth for a short stay in Japan and to enhance productive exchanges between Japanese and Asian youth engaged in science and technology. Concurrently, this program aims to promote interest in cutting-edge Japanese science and technology among outstanding Asian youth, and thus, to encourage capacity building of these youth and to contribute to the enhanced Innovation in Asia.

The first call for proposals began on 1/16/2015 and was closed on 2/16/2015. A total of 270 proposals were received. JST selected 156 successful exchange proposals for implementation based on the recommendations by the Sakura Exchange Program in Science Committee, a committee comprises of members from JST and outside specialists.

The selected proposals were 143 exchange plans from universities, technical colleges and high schools, 1 from private enterprises, 10 from public foundations and public research institutes, and 2 from local governments (Table 1). The total number of program invitees is expected to be 1,439 (Table 2).

As contracts are signed, the exchange programs are scheduled to start in April, 2015. Relevant information and activities reports can be found at the following URL: http://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/index.html


Table 1: Number of Selected Proposals of the First Call for FY2015 by Japanese Receiving Organization (Host)

Table 2: Number of Selected Youth of the First Call for FY2015, by Country & Region; Course; Affiliation


Nobuyuki Fukasawa
Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science Promotion Office, JST
5-3 Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666
Tel: +81-(0)3-5214-0095 Fax: +81-(0)3-5214-8445


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