Nippon Maru Set Sail for Brunei Darussalam
with Youth Ambassadors of the 41st SSEAYP2014



J
apanese Country Program of SSEAYP2014 was successfully implemented on Oct 29 – Nov 7, 2014.  315 Participating Youths (PYs) from Japan and 10 ASEAN nations, led by 11 National Leaders (NLs) from respective countries, assembled in Tokyo on Oct 29. 

After participating the Inauguration Ceremony and Welcome Reception, they were divided into 11 different groups with mixed nationalities and fostered friendship with local Japanese people through various interaction activities.  When they returned Tokyo, "Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit" with the theme of "Youth Participation in Social Activities: How can you contribute in creating better society towards 2020?" took place with 94 Japanese Local Youths (LYs). 

SSEAYP is surely one of the biggest international youth exchange program in Japan and ASEAEN nations.  It could be said that young ambassadors were born to develop their leadership for changes of our region and future.  Their journey will continue next 40 more days on board and in ASEAN port of call countries till they return home on December 17.


<Myanmar Youth Leader presenting her speech at Send-Off Ceremony>
- Online newspaper
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/96_abe/actions/201411/06article3.html

<Schedule of Japanese Country Program>
Oct. 29:  Arrival of NLs and PYs
Oct. 30:  Inauguration Ceremony, Welcome Reception
Oct. 31-Nov. 3:  Local Program in 11 different prefectures
               *Courtesy Call on local prefecture governments,
                interaction with local youth, discussion, homestay, etc.,
Nov. 3- Nov. 5:  "Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit"
               *Keynote lecture, cultural performances, country exhibition, discussion
Nov. 6:  (PYs):  Institutional Visits / (NLs, YLs &AYLs) Courtesy Call on Prime Minister
Nov. 7:  Send Off Ceremony

Bon Voyage SSEAYP2014!




National Leaders Meeting of the 41st SSEAYP2014

The National Leaders (NL) meeting of SSEAYP2014 and the first Cruise Operating Committee (COC) meeting were held in Japan on September 16-19, 2014.


<NLs 2014, Administrator 2014 and the Director for International Youth Exchange of the Cabinet Office>

= National Leaders (NLs) = *by port of call 2014
Mr. Mifuyu Shimizu, Japan  (Ex-PY99)
Mr. Faisal Bin Yunus, Brunei Darussalam
Ms. Kin Somnang, Cambodia (Ex-PY2008)
Ms. Aye Aye Thant, Myanmar (Ex-NL 2012)
Ms. Meutia Rahima, Indonesia (Ex-PY91, OBSC2000, Facilitator2007)
Mr. Phetlasy Khan Outhone, Lao P.D.R. (Ex-PY2007)
Ms. Mahanum Binti Fauzi, Malaysia
Mr. Antonio, Edwin Vallo, Philippines (Ex-PY 2002)
Mr. Ronald Teo, Singapore (Ex-PY 2000)
Mr. Jakraphun Thanateeranon, Thailand (Ex-PY 2004, OBSC2009)
Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh, Vietnam


<the 1st COC meeting: NLs shared their ideas and visions of SSEAYP2014>

In their discussion on Sep 17-18, they talked that the word "RESPONSIBILITY" should be the symbolic word that embodies the ideals, principles and personality of the 41st SSEAYP.  The concept of "Responsibility" can be interpreted and integrated in many occasions: Responsibility with Friendship, Responsibility with Consequences, Responsibility for the Future, etc.,

They made a consensus that NLs will work as a team and shall work hard for ALL PYs regardless of contingent, SGs, sub-committees etc.,

On Sep 19, they flew back to their countries for their final preparation and promised each other to come back again with their own PYs on October 29, 2014.