Islamabad - The government of Japan has invited a delegation of seven Pakistani high school students and one supervisor from City School, Islamabad, to visit Japan under the “JENESYS 2.0” programme, from 30th November to 10th December 2014.

High school students from member countries of SAARC have been invited by the Japanese government to participate in this short-term invitation programme.

Hiroshi Inomata, ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, handed over travel documents to the students during an orientation ceremony held on Tuesday at the embassy of Japan.

“JENESYS 2.0” (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a youth exchange programme between Japan and the SAARC countries to reaffirm and strengthen the bond between Japan and the SAARC countries. JENESYS 2.0 was announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his stay in Jakarta on 18 January 2013 as a continuation of the original JENESYS programme carried out from 2007 to 2012 and as a one of the important foreign policy of Japan.

Under this programme, participants will be given opportunities to deepen their understanding on Japan’s cutting-edge high technologies and its support for local and creative industries, experience Japan’s traditional culture, and communicate with local people. This programme is expected to develop mutual understanding among youths in Japan and SAARC countries.

During 2013-2014, 23 high school students from Lahore and 23 high school students from KP have already visited Japan under the same programme. Similarly, a delegation of 10 Pakistani-Japanese language learners accompanied by their one supervisor visited Japan in 2013 under the JENESYS 2.0 programme for the Japanese Language Learners.