Exchange Programs


The Embassy of Japan in Belgium accepts applications for exchange programs offered in Japan. The programs for which applications are accepted during the course of a year are described below. Further details will appear on this page as the time for application approaches.


  • Japan's Friendship Ties programs "MIRAI" (Mutual-understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic Exchange Initiative) invites groups of promising young leaders who are expected to play an active role in international society and provides opportunity to have intellectual exchanges with Japanese students of the same generations and scholars.
  • The program aims to deepen participants' understanding of Japan and its policy, to promote mutual understandings and thus build a basis for future friendship and cooperation between Japan and their regions.
  • All participants are expected to share and disseminate their experiences and charms of Japan proactively through SNS and other media during / after the visit.

The program in 2019-2020 is as follows:

Requirements for candidates:

All applicants for the Program must meet the following requirements.

  1. Applicants have Belgian nationality and do not have Japanese nationality.
  2. All applicants (University students or Graduate school students) belong to schools or institutions located in Belgium.
  3. Applicants have a valid passport that is validated during the entire period of the program
    *If you do not have a valid passport, you have to obtain one before the submission of the application form.
  4. Applicants do not have experience of residing in Japan for more than six months. Or had never be accepted Japanese government sponsored scholastic exchange programs before.
  5. Applicants must be aged 20 or over.
  6. Applicants submit photocopy of certification of your latest academic grade.
  7. Applicants can communicate with other participants in English without difficulty.
  8. Applicants must be healthy physically and mentally.
  9. Applicants are ready to commit to share their experiences and knowledge of Japan during and after the program through Social Networking Services, mainly Facebook with Open privacy status concerning MIRAI experiences.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is operated by local authorities in conjunction with the Japanese Government and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

There are three types of participation (* Please note that Belgian nationals are only eligible for a position of CIR as of now.):

  • CIRs (Coordinators for International Relations) who work in communities on international exchange activities.
  • SEAs (Sports Exchange Advisors) who promote international exchange through athletics.
  • ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) who provide language instruction in junior and senior high school classrooms.

The Program was started in 1987, and the first Belgian participant went to Japan on this Program in 1997 as a CIR. There is currently a CIR participant in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture.

Useful web sites about JET

Rani (CIR 2019 ~ Present)

Bert (CIR 2017 ~ 2019)
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Werner (CIR 2013 ~ 2017)
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Marlies (CIR 2011 ~ 2013)
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Sophie (CIR 2006~2011)
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