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December 2019 Kakehashi Project Applications Now Being Accepted

By September 13, 2019September 23rd, 2019No Comments

By JACL National

Up to 92 participants will be selected to participate in this year’s JACL Kakehashi Program, coordinated by the JACL and the Japan International Cooperation Center and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The application deadline is Sept. 22 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time. The December trip dates are Dec. 16-24.

The Kakehashi Project promotes mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and North America. (Photo: Courtesy of JACL National)

Selected participants will attend a nine-day trip to Japan, where they will visit a number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities and participate in lectures and workshops.

Each trip will visit Tokyo and one other city to be announced.

The Kakehashi Project is a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and North America. One of the program’s main objectives is to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and North America.


  • Must be interested in U.S.-Japan relations, as well as Japanese American interests.
  • Must be of Japanese ancestry.Currently enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, graduate or young professionals who have an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Must have U.S. permanent resident status (citizens or green card holders) and travel with a U.S. passport.
  • Must be at least 18 years old by the date of acceptance into the program and no older than 25 on the day he or she intends to department for Japan.
  • Japanese dual citizens under the age of 22 may apply.
  • Those who hare participated in Kakehashi or other programs funded by the Japanese government are ineligible.
  • Those who have studied or stayed in Japan for more than a year are ineligible.
  • You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.

Visit the JACL website at for more information. For questions, please email