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Departure of Cambodian JENESYS Delegation

Posted by khmernews on January 12, 2009

Press Release
Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Cambodia

January 12, 2009

Departure of Cambodian JENESYS Delegation

A Cambodian delegation of 20 people, consisting of 16 young artists, 2 government officials and 2 professors, will depart Cambodia on January 14, 2009 for a stay of approximately 8 days in Japan. This is the fifth group from Cambodia to join the JENESYS Programme *(Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths).During their visit to Japan, the young artists will visit Okinawa prefecture and Tokyo. They will join in cultural exchange events with Japanese young artists and citizens, including a concert of Ryukyu (Okinawa) traditional performing arts and the Grand Sumo Tournament, as well as visits to Japanese cultural sites and school visits, among other things. They will not only study Japanese culture, but also perform Cambodian traditional dances, such as Apsara Dance, Moni Mekhala Dance and Mouth Organ of the Suoy Ethnic Dance, in Okinawa and Tokyo.

Last year, 160 youths visited Japan under the JENESYS Programme, one of the memorable events of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan.

It was decided at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in January 2008 to designate the year 2009 Mekong-Japan Exchange Year, in order to promote further exchanges between Mekong region countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) and Japan.

As an opening to Mekong-Japan Exchange Year, the Cambodian delegation will join with 4 other Mekong region country delegations (Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) and gather in Tokyo for the Exchange Year opening reception.

The participants are expected to enhance friendship and mutual understanding about their region in Japan.

The pre-departure ceremony for this JENESYS delegation will take place on January 14, 2009 from 12:00 to 14:00 at the Sunway Hotel.

* The JENESYS Programme is based on a plan announced by Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan at that time, at the Second East Asia Summit (EAS), held in January 2007. The plan is to implement a 35 billion yen youth exchange programme, inviting about 6,000 young people to Japan, mainly from the EAS member states (ASEAN countries, Australia, China, India, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) every year for five years, with a view to establishing a basis for Asian solidarity by expanding youth exchange. The JENESYS Programme sees East Asian youths invited to Japan, Japanese youths sent to East Asia and other exchange activities. The programme is expected to deepen mutual understanding among young people who will assume important roles in the future in each East Asian country.

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Embassy of Japan No 194 Preah Norodom Blvd Tel:(023) 217.161/4 Fax:(023)216.162 Official website: http://www.kh.emb-japan.go.jp

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