Keiki encouraged to apply for summer cultural exchange in Japan

Do you know a 10- or 11-year-old who is curious about Japan and wants to participate in an international cultural exchange program in Japan next summer?

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is accepting applications from Hawaii students born between Aug. 1, 2007, and Aug. 31, 2008, who want to serve as Junior Ambassadors to the 31st Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention from July 14-25, 2019, in Fukuoka, Japan.


Up to six selected Junior Ambassadors from Hawaii will join over 200 students from over 40 Asian-Pacific countries and regions at a global youth camp and stay with a Japanese host family.

Travel between Honolulu and Japan, accommodations and transportation in Japan, and most other costs will be covered by JASH and the convention. The selected ambassadors also prepare for the summer trip at monthly training workshops in Honolulu.

The application and information about the 31st Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention program can be found online at The application must be received by JASH or postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

The Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention promotes mutual understanding and friendship, nurtures international awareness in young people, and works toward world peace and coexistence.


Questions about the program should be directed to David Nakanishi at or (808) 524-4450.

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization with the mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii.

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