New Delhi: A delegation of 100 Indian students, who were on a study trip to Japan since November 18, returned on Wednesday after visiting Japan.

The purpose of the study tour was to explore and appreciate the educational, business and cultural environment of Japan, to gain a deeper understanding between both the nations. The focus was also on the impact of increasing popular participation in the decision making process at international level and its impacts into sustainable development and poverty reduction through the empowerment of poor people.

During their ten-day long stay, the first batch of 100 students visited the devastated Tohoku region, traveled to Tokyo and Kansai areas, and visit Japanese host schools.

“Tour was an amazing experience that provided me an opportunity to experience a lot of many new things. We enjoyed a lot. We visited Saitama, Fukushima, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We were also allowed to stay with a farmer family for two days,” said Ankita Shrivastava, a Science student of KV BHEL, Haridwar, at IGI airport on Wednesday.

The students were also given some presentations on the current situation of the disaster-affected areas.

The Study Tour was an initiative by the Government of Japan and Government of India and was organised by the Japan International Cooperation Centre (JICE), with support from Ministry of Human Resource Development. According to officials, 400 students will be visiting Japan this year under the Kizuna (bond) Project, a youth exchange project between Japan and India.

JICE is a non-profit foundation established in 1977 with an aim of implementing international cooperation and promoting activities entrusted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICE contributes to society through international cooperation efforts in various fields.


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