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Members from the Kakehashi Program pose for a photo during the Sayonara Banquet at this year’s JACL National Convention in Las Vegas. Photo: Caitlin Halm

By JACL National Staff

Apply now for the 2015-2016 Kakehashi Project! Up to 185 students will be selected to participate in this year’s Kakehashi Project, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The goal of the Kakehashi Project is to build cooperation between Japanese Americans/Asian Americans and Japan by providing students with a better understanding of Japan through a variety of fields, including politics, economics, and culture. Kakehashi Project alumni are encouraged to become effective advocates in enhancing U.S. – Japan relations.

Participants will attend a 9-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.

Currently enrolled Japanese/Japanese American or Asian American students (undergraduate or graduate/professional), 18-25 years old are encouraged to apply. Please click here for additional program and eligibility guidelines.

You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.

The online application is available here. All applications and requested documentation must be received by the deadlines specified on the application.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Craig Shimizu at, or call 202-223-1240 (M-F, 10:00a-5:30p EST).