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“Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program”: Visit to Japan by the SICA Group and Cuba Group

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of the “Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program” promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 25 government officials, journalists, and experts from the 7 member countries of the System of Central American Integration (SICA) and Cuba will visit Japan from August 27 to September 4.

The group of visitors will visit companies and local governments in Tokyo and Hokkaido that are active in climate change and disaster prevention. The purpose of this invitation is to provide a broad understanding of the politics, economy, society, culture, history, and foreign policy of Japan and provide an opportunity for an understanding of the diversity of Japan though regional visits for the development of relationships between Japan and Latin America based on a deep mutual understanding.

It is hoped that this exchange program will strengthen the relationship between Japan and Latin America and that the participants will actively communicate Japan’s foreign policy stance and the appeal of Japan, etc.

*Objectives of the Juntos!! Japan-Latin America and the Caribbean Exchange Program

• Motivate people to become friendly toward Japan and to want to learn about Japan, deepen ties between Japan and Latin America, and expand the foundations of Japan’s foreign policy by encouraging an understanding of Japan’s foreign policy toward Latin America and the current status of such policy among people from Latin American and Caribbean countries who can be expected to contribute to strengthening relationships with Japan in various areas.

• Have the participants actively communicate Japan’s foreign policy stance and the appeal of Japan, etc. to contribute to improvements in the external image of Japan in international society and the furtherance of sustainable interest in Japan.

[Planned itinerary]

August 27 (Tuesday)

Arrival to Japan, visit to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, orientation, and briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

August 28 (Wednesday)

Briefing by the Ministry of the Environment, briefing by JICA, visit to Akihabara, and experiencing the Sumida Kinshicho Kawachi Ondo Big Bon Dance

August 29 (Thursday)

Visit to Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park and Sona Area Tokyo, visit to Odaiba, Parliamentary Vice-Minister courtesy visit (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and visit to Imperial Palace and Nijubashi

August 30 (Friday)

Travel to Hokkaido

Niseko Town

August 31 (Saturday)

Participation in Toyako Lake Mount Usu Meister Network Half Day Program, cruise on Toyako Lake, and visit to Mt. Usu Ropeway

September 1 (Sunday)

Visit to Tomari Nuclear Power Plant, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and Otaru City

September 2 (Monday)

Travel to Tokyo

Visit to Toyosu Market, Toyota Mega Web, and JRC Nihon Musen

September 3 (Tuesday)

Visit to Furuno Electric, holding workshop, reporting meeting, and reception held by head of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau

September 4 (Wednesday)

Departure from Japan

Contacts

Contact information for inquiries on this matter

Juntos!!2019 Secretariat

JTB Corporation, Kasumigaseki Business Division, Representative: Emi Sendoda, Takashi Komatsu

[TEL] +81-3-6737-9262 Weekdays 9:30-17:30 (not open on weekends and national holidays)

[email protected]

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