CBCF to Lead Students on Second Study Abroad Internship in Japan

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today 18 students will participate in its second partnership with the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) for the Emerging Leaders in Japan: the Kakehashi Project.

“As nations continue to expand their reach globally, CBCF is attracting and leading the charge of preparing young African American leaders for international opportunities,” said A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF president and CEO.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today 18 students will participate in its second partnership with the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) for the Emerging Leaders in Japan: the Kakehashi Project. Commencing in Tokyo, Japan, the Project provides a study abroad experience for undergraduate, graduate and recent graduates living in or attending school in Congressional Black Caucus member districts. From March 21-29, the cohort will participate in lectures on U.S.-Japan relations, tours of cultural and historical landmarks, and visits to leading technology companies.

“As nations continue to expand their reach globally, CBCF is attracting and leading the charge of preparing young African American leaders for international opportunities,” said A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF president and CEO. “We are proud of our partnership with the Japanese Embassy and JICE, and as a result, saw a 62 percent increase of highly-competitive applicants from our inaugural year [2017].”

Nearly 300 students applied for the competitive internship. Students were accepted for the Kakehashi Project based on essays, recommendations, academic standing, and interest in international affairs, political science, foreign relations, urban planning, Japanese language, or Asian Studies.

“Our partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is a key contributor to the continued growth of Japan-U.S. ties, and this latest CBCF delegation visit to Japan through the Kakehashi Project is an excellent example,” said Congressional Minister Kimi Nakamura. “After the success of the first delegation last year, I am excited that a second group of young African American leaders will now have the opportunity to facilitate cultural and professional exchange while in Tokyo and Chiba. I hope that these young leaders will serve as a bridge between Japan and the African American community in the United States.”

To provide an enhanced experience, this year, the students will participate in overnight home stay visits with local Japanese families. One highlight of the Kakehashi program is the engagement with local Japanese citizens and their customs and culture. In addition, all participants are required to create and disseminate an action plan to express their understanding of Japanese culture and society to help enhance diplomatic relations abroad.

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