Japan Study Abroad Program

Become a global citizen.

Kabukicho Street, JapanThe CBCF will select 15 participants for the 2017 CBCF Emerging Leaders: Japan Exchange Program “KAKEHASHI Project” in partnership with the government of Japan. Through this initiative, the CBCF, the Embassy of Japan, and the Japanese International Cultural Center aim to increase African-American interest in and exposure to the culture of Japan, thereby expanding opportunities for African Americans in an era of increasing globalization.

Gain cultural perspective.

The project will take place in and around Tokyo, Japan over eight days. The program will include site visits to cultural and historical landmarks, lectures on U.S. – Japan relations, visits to leading companies specializing in technology and trade, and an overnight visit with a Japanese family. Prior to departure, participants will take part in orientation activities in Washington, DC followed by a debrief session upon their return.

How to apply?

Participants should be an alumni of a CBCF program or live, work, or attend a school in a Congressional Black Caucus Member district. Preference will be given to participants who have completed relevant coursework in international affairs/relations, political science, foreign relations, international trade/business, urban planning, Japanese language, or Asian studies.

Program dates:

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Application deadline: January 23, 2017


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Please note: Immediate relatives (defined as one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) of a CBC Member, a CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, CBCF staff, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Member of CBCF, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF study abroad programs.


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