JST Direct Invitation Program

Sakura Science Exchange Program has another kind of program than Open Application Program, JST Direct Invitation Program that JST directly invites foreign youth to Japan as a host organization. JST Direct Invitation Program has two programs, such as SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program, SAKURA SCIENCE Supporters Program.

SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program

SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program (SSHP) started as a part of the Sakura Science Exchange Program to invite youth from 14 countries and regions in 2014.

SSHP invites excellent high school students and supervisors from foreign countries (mainly Asia) to Japan for a week, and they participate in the exchange programs specially coordinated by JST. The purpose of the program is to make contributions to the development of global science and technology by supporting the excellent talents overseas whom universities/research institutions and businesses in Japan desire by enhancing high school students’ interest in science and technology of Japan when they visit Japan.

SSHP provides various contents.

  • Participation in special classes taught by leading scientists, including Nobel laureates
  • Visiting prominent Japanese universities and research institutes
  • Social activities with Japanese high school students
  • Visiting embassies in Japan
  • Experience of Japanese culture, etc.

Beginning in 2014, and over a period of 6 years, a total of 49 courses implemented, and 5,539 high school students came to Japan to participate in the program. In the questionnaires provided after the programs, 90% or more participants responded that they would like to visit Japan again. These high school students who participated in SSHP are expected to be a bridge between Japan and their home countries and play an active role in the future.

  • Students participating in an experimental workshop given by Dr. Hideki Shirakawa, Nobel laureate
    (Tokyo Institute of Technology, July 11, 2018)
  • High school students from Uzbekistan learning how to use a micropipette to add and remove a very small quantity of liquid
    (Kazusa DNA Research Institute, July 6, 2018)

List of Supported Scientists and Organizations

Here is the list of Scientists and organizations that have supported the past SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program: Thanks to everyone who have been supporting our programs. The SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program has been successful every year with those supporters' cooperation. We are sincerely thankful of such assistance.

List of the scientists and organizations that have supported SAKURA Science High School Program

SAKURA SCIENCE Supporters Program

JST invites people from Asian countries and others to Japan who are related to the implementation of Sakura Science Exchange Program to introduce Japanese cutting-edge science and technology, as well as science and technology administration.

Chinese Officers Invitation Program

In fiscal 2019, as the Chinese Officers Invitation Program, 153 officials were invited from the government ministry including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Regional Science and Technology Agency, and international exchange and research and development officers from major universities.

They visited Japan's leading universities, research institutes, companies, and local governments on topics such as "global environment and recycling," "new energy," and "industry-academia-government collaboration" to deepen understanding of Japan's cutting-edge science and technology. They built networks of people and information.

  • Visit ITO EN Ltd. (Green tee brand)
  • Study and observe the Super Computer, KEI at RIKEN
  • At the Innovation Japan 2019
  • Visit the Consulate-General of China in Fukuoka

ASEAN Young Officers Program

In November 2018, 26 young administrators from ASEAN member countries and the ASEAN secretariat visited Japan, and participated in the special program on the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

  • Discussion at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    (November 8, 2018)
Group photoshoot at MEXT after the program (November 8, 2018)

Indian Officers Invitation Program

In January 2019, Sakura Science Exchange Program invited Indian researchers from world famous 19 universities (Indian Institute of Technology, and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research) , and administrators (Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Human Resources Development), totaling 30 people. They participated in a week program.

On January 23, the participants took part in the exchange program with Japanese universities and showed interest in interaction and collaborative research with them (Japan-India University Exchange Program: hosted by JST). It is said that Indian researchers are the Western oriented. However, the exchange program provided the opportunity for mutual understanding, for building stronger networks, and for devising a plan for promoting future exchange and collaborative research.

During their stay, the participants visited famous universities in Japan (The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, University of Tsukuba), research institutes (RIKEN and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology), and a company (JEOL, Ltd.), and collected information, and exchanged ideas to deepen their understanding of Japan’s latest science and technology.