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To promote people-to-people exchange between Japan and nations worldwide, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan conducts Japan's Friendship Ties Programs, which send approximately 5,000 people to or from Japan each year. The North American portion of these programs is called the Kakehashi Project. The Japanese word "kakehashi" means "bridge," which symbolizes the hope that participants will form lasting relationships with Japan and its people, and serve as bridges between nations and cultures. Participants who travel to Japan are encouraged to share their experiences and discoveries with their networks at home, and contribute to greater appreciation of Japanese culture worldwide.

The objectives of the Kakehashi Project are:

  • To promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and Canada, building a basis for future friendship and cooperation;
  • To increase global understanding of Japan's economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy;
  • To spark greater engagement between the youth of Japan and Canada, and inspire young leaders and scholars to contribute to the development of Japan and Canada's diplomatic, cultural and economic relationships;
  • To broaden the network of interest in Japan as a destination for travel, study and work using social media, word of mouth and other grassroots outlets for communication.

On behalf of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, working with the support of the Japan International Cooperation  Center (JICE), administers the Japan-Canada Kakehashi Project. As of the 2019 fiscal year-end, the Kakehashi Project has arranged for the exchange of over 1,100 high school students, university students and young professionals between Canada and Japan.


Closing presentations by Annie X. and Joshua S. of Moscrop Secondary School in Burnaby, B.C. at their Kakehashi Project virtual exchange with Sapporo Kaisei Secondary School.

2021 Ontario Japan Bowl champion team member Vincent P. delivers his presentation "Is Japanese really the world's hardest language?" at the 2020-2021 Kakehashi - Japan Bowl virtual exchange with Hakuba High School.

Students from Sapporo Kaisei Secondary School in Hokkaido, Japan reflect on their Kakehashi Project virtual exchange experience.

Kakehashi Project: A Debrief
Siobhan Bradley, University of Toronto
Kakehashi Project 2017-2018

Kakehashi Project: A Reflection
Jenny Kim, University of Toronto
Kakehashi Project, 2017-2018

Kakehashi Project at SFU
Students of Simon Fraser University
2019 University Group

HJ Cambie SS Kakehashi Project
Students of Henry James Cambie Secondary School
2019 High School Group

The Kakehashi Project is all about sharing your experience in Japan with your friends, family, classmates, coworkers and other Canadians! Send us your blog posts, essays, and photos, and we will select some to post on this page. Please use the #hashtags so we can find your social media posts:
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