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Kakehashi Project

The Bridge for Tomorrow • Application deadline is Sunday, September 11, 2016


Shidler College of Business students are invited to apply to participate in the Kakehashi Project, a 10-day field study to Japan from October 31 to November 8, 2016. The project is generously funded by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is coordinated by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).


The Kakehashi Project is a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and various nations. The objectives are:

  • To promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and USA to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
  • To promote global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy, especially its industry and local products. To contribute to finding and fostering more pro-Japanese and experts on Japan, and contribute to facilitating the diplomatic and economic relationships between Japan and US through the implementation of the Program.
  • To disseminate information on Japan’s attractions through communication devices including social media.

Selected students will:

  • Attend lectures on Japan’s history, culture, politics, economy, and diplomatic relations to gain a deeper understanding of Japan and its current strategies on policies.
  • Visit various sites such as small and medium-sized enterprises, educational institutions, high-tech companies, agricultural facilities and farms, and local government offices. Participants are expected to interact and exchange ideas with local people at these various sites through workshops and cross-cultural events.
  • Participate in homestays/home-visits with Japanese families, and visit many parts of Japan that include various types of traditional performing arts and public entertainment events.
  • Convey information about Japan’s attractions through reporting sessions or social media after returning home.


The following program expenses will be covered:

  • Round-trip, economy class air transportation to and from HNL and Japan
  • Overseas travel accident insurance
  • Accommodations in Japan
  • Transportation in Japan
  • Meals in Japan within the Program
  • Admission fees for scheduled activities in Japan

Students will be responsible for personal expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Passport fees
  • Fees for vaccinations
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Travel expenses between your home and HNL airport
  • Fees for accommodations and meals in the US
  • Spending money for purchase of items for personal use


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, September 11

Late applications will not be accepted.


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