About Sakura Science Plan

We invite people from Asian countries and others to Japan through Sakura Science Plan in a collaboration of industry-academia-government, to introduce and offer experience in Japanese science and technology. Beginning in 2014, and for a period of 5 years, approximately 26,000 young people visited Japan on this program.

Purposes of Sakura Science Plan

By exchanging ideas in the field of science and technology among the participants of Sakura Science Plan, we can:

  • - Strengthen good relationship between Japan and other countries and regions
  • - Promote globalization of Japanese education and research institutes
  • - Support the development of talented people overseas who have the potential to contribute to innovation in science and technology; and support continuous interaction between Japan and other countries and regions.

Eligibility Criteria for Sakura Science Plan

Students, researchers and others engaged in science and technology who are 40 years old or younger from the following countries and regions:

Eligible Countries and Regions

Eligible Countries and Regions
*Other regions may be added progressively.

Two Programs of Sakura Science Plan

Features How to Apply Invitation Period Schedule in FY2019
Open Application Program JST supports the necessary expenses for the programs selected as Open Application Program. Overseas and Japanese organizations jointly plan the program, and the Japanese organization sends applications to JST within the designated period. Seven days to three weeks From the end of May 2019 to March 15, 2020
JST Direct Invitation Program JST plans the programs and implements the programs as a host organization. Not open for public application Seven days April to December, 2019
(High School Program)

Open Application Program

Application period for FY 2019

Four reviews for selection will be conducted from January 30th (Wed) to November 6th (Wed), 2019.

Three Kinds of Open Application Programs
Course A: Science and Technology Experience Course
Foreign youth participate in science and technology exchange programs arranged by host organizations in Japan. The period of stay is limited to 7 days. The number of people who can be invited is limited to ten per sending organization, and 15 in case of the invitation from multiple sending organizations (supervisors are excluded in both cases).
Course B: Collaborative Research Activities Course
Foreign youth participate in short term joint research programs arranged by host organizations in Japan. The period of stay is limited to 3 weeks. The number of people who can be invited is basically limited to ten (supervisors are excluded).
Course C: Science and Technology Training Course
Foreign youth participate in converged training to acquire specific technique and skills related to science and technology arranged by the host organizations. The period of stay is limited to 10 days. The number of people who can be invited is limited to 15 per country or region, and 25 from multiple countries and regions (supervisors are excluded in both cases).
Procedure to Implement a Program
Results of Selection
FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 Total
Applied programs 574 636 631 608 688 3,137
Selected programs 283 391 454 492 502 2,122
List of Participated Organizations

 The organizations that have implemented the Open Application programs can be viewed as followed:

JST Direct Invitation Program

 There are two kinds of programs which JST plans and implements as a host organization.

SAKURA SCIENCE High School Program

 Excellent high school students from overseas countries and regions are invited to experience science and technology in Japan

SAKURA SCIENCE Supporters Program

 Foreign experts in the field of science and technology or education, who are engaged in implementation of Sakura Science Plan are invited to Japan to experience Japanese cutting-edge science and technology, as well as science and technology administration.

 Please check here for details.

pagetop