Fellowship Exchange Program

Since 1993, every year the Fellowship exchange program (Local Government international Exchange and cooperation Seminar) has been affording senior executives from state (or provincial) and local governments in the United States and Canada the opportunity to visit Japan and to learn about Japanese public administration. Over the course of about 10 days, participants attend lectures, take part in workshops, and visit local government offices, where they receive extensive exposure to the workings of Japanese government. An additional and equally important part of the program is the homestay with a local family, which immerses each visitor in the daily life and culture of Japan.

We send an invitation to the major organizations, representing state/provincial and local governments in the United States/Canada, asking them to recommend officials to participate in this program. 

Fellowship Exchange Program 2018

Date Schedule Accommodation
Oct 28 Arrive in Japan
Orientation
Tokyo
Oct 29 Tokyo Programme
(Lecture on Japanese Local Government, Site Visits)
Welcome Reception hosted by CLAIR
Tokyo
Oct 30 Tokyo Programme (Site Visits)
Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) (Courtesy Visit, Opinion Exchange)
Welcome Reception hosted by MIC
Tokyo
Oct 31 Travel to Okayama Prefecture (Bullet Train)
Regional Programme (Presentation on Okayama Prefecture, Courtesy Visit to the Governor)
Welcome Reception hosted by Okayama Prefecture
Okayama
Nov 1 Regional Programme (Site Visits) Okayama
Nov 2 Regional Programme (Site Visits) Okayama
Nov 3 Regional Programme (Site Visits)
Meet with Host Family
Okayama
Nov 4 Homestay Okayama
Nov 5 Evaluation discussion of visit to Okayama
Farewell Lunch hosted by CLAIR
Return to Tokyo (Bullet Train)
Okayama
Tokyo
Nov 6 Departure from Japan

The comments of the “Fellowship Exchange Program 2018” participants (usually appear in March)


Lecture at Bureau of Industry and Labor Affairs
(@Tokyo Metropolitan Government)

Site Visit to EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM in Tokyo

Courtesy Visit to Director-General for Policy Coordination
(@Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

Meeting with officials of Okayama Prefecture

Site Visit to Industrial Technology Center of Okayama Prefecture

Tea ceremony (@Okayama International Center)

The comments & Reports of “Fellowship Exchange Program”

The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2017” participantss
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2016” participants
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2015” participants
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2014” participants
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2013” participants Part 1
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2013” participants Part 2
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2012” participants
The comments of “Fellowship Exchange Program 2011” participants