Kashima Port

Kizuna Trip 2010

As part of the rebuilding efforts in Japan after the 2011 Great Earthquake and Tsunami, the Japanese government organised a series of visits to the affected areas by students. I was a teacher chaperone.

“The Youth-Exchange Project with Asia-Oceania and North America (Kizuna (bond) Project)” is a project run by the Japanese government with the objective of promoting other countries’ understanding with regards to Japan’s revival efforts in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The project invites young people from 41 different countries/regions in Asia-Oceania and North America, allowing them to participate in exchange programs, visit disaster-affected areas and engage in volunteer activities. It also involves sending young people from Japan to target countries/regions. Over 12,000 people are to become part of the exchange through this project.