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JACL’s Kakehashi Program Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18

By September 20, 2017October 11th, 2017No Comments

WASHINGTON — The JACL is urging those interested in applying for its 2017-18 Kakehashi Program to do so now.

Up to 200 participants will be selected to participate in this year’s program, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League and the Japan International Cooperation Center, and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The goal of the JACL Kakehashi Program is to build relations between Japan and Japanese Americans and other Asian Americans. The program provides participants with a better understanding of Japan through a variety of fields, including politics, economics, and culture.

JACL Kakehashi Program alumni are encouraged to become effective advocates in enhancing U.S.-Japan relations.

Following a competitive selection process, participants will travel to Japan for nine days and visit a number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities, and participate in a homestay with a local family.

Applicants must be: 1) a student in good standing currently enrolled in accredited college or university OR a young professional who has completed a minimum of a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university; 2) between the ages of 18-25 years old; 3) of Japanese American or Asian American heritage. Please visit for additional program and eligibility guidelines.

The online application is available at All applications and requested documentation must be received by the deadlines specified on the application. JACL membership is not required to be eligible.

For questions, contact Elle Kurata or Kenzie Hirai at or call (202) 223-1240.