What is Asia KAKEHASHI Project?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe created this initiative to strengthen relations between Japan and the rest of Asia, KAKEHASHI (Japanese for “Building Bridges”), provides full scholarships for 1,000 Asian high school students to study in Japan’s public private high schools over the next five years. Together with 40,000 Japanese teens, these students will improve their global competence skills and learn more about each other’s countries.

  • If a full scholarship funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to build bridge between high school students in Japan and in Asia.
  • This scholarship provided opportunities to Asian high school students to study and be culturally immersed in Japan for 10 months.
  • Selected students will study in a Japanese high school while staying with a host family or in a school dormitory.
  • Other main goal of this program is to expose Asia high school students to Japanese culture, local communities and industries and as well as Japanese high school students to Asian students.

MEMO

Name of Program: Asia KAKEHASHI Project
Country: Japan
Program Type: Government Fully-Funded Scholarship
Program Duration: 10 months
Program Start Date: April 2020
Program End Date: February 2021
Placement: Japanese High School and Host Family
Deadline of Application: July 12, 2019 at 4:00pm

Requirements

  1. Duly accomplished Pre-application Form.
  2. Recent 2×2 ID sized photo with white background attached in the application form.
  3. Signed Certification and Consent Form by a parent or legal guardian.
  4. Photocopy of Authenticated PSA/NSO Birth Certificate.
  5. Photocopy of most recent Form 137 or Transcript of Records from your Philippine high school.
  6. Photocopy of valid or government ID.

Note: Application form with incomplete information and requirements will lead to disqualification.

Application Form

More Information

  1. Philippine citizen residing in the Philippines, at the same time of application, selection and preparation for travel and must have spent more than 50% of the last 5 years in the Philippines and with current family plans of returning in the Philippines after the program.
  2. Must be born between April 2, 2002 and April 1, 2005.
  3. Be enrolled in 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade at the time of application; have not completed more than 11 years of primary education nor received a high school diploma (senior high school) by the start of the program.
  4. Be among the top 25% of academic performance in  grade level.
  5. Have an equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades.
  6. Strong academic and social skills, openness, and flexibility.
  7. Demonstrated Japanese language ability sufficient to study in a native Japanese-medium setting.
  8. Sufficiently healthy to participate in the program.
  9. No previous significant travel to Japan on a Japanese government sponsored program.
  10. Committed to cultural immersion in the Japanese through a home-stay or dormitory experience.
  11. Able to meet cross-cultural challenges with maturity, humor or open mind.
  12. Plans to share his/her experience with his/her home and community upon return.