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.


“MIRAI Program” is a short-term youth exchange program to invite undergraduate /graduate students from Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus who study Politics, Security Policies, Economics, International Relations, Asian Studies, Japan Studies or other related fields through JICE/EFIL. The program is entitled as the “MIRAI Program” with the Japanese word “未来” (pronounce like / ”me-rye”) which means “Future”. MOFA hopes that the program would offer a great opportunity to (i) promote mutual-understandings, (ii) enhance intellectual discussions and (iii) build strong networks among future leaders of Japan and the world. Thereby the program would foster the solid foundation of the relationship between Japan and countries in the regions in the future.

The program in 2018-2019 is as follows;

  • 1st Group (Theme: Politics and Security)
    Program date: Nov.7, 2018-Nov.14, 2018 (Application deadline: Sep.7, 2018)
  • 2nd Group (Theme: Economy and Business) (Application deadline: Oct.12, 2018)
    Program date: Dec.5, 2018-Dec.14, 2018
  • 3rd Group (Theme: Science and Technology) (Application deadline: Nov.22, 2018)
    Program date: Jan.23, 2019-Jan.30, 2019

    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

    Bert (CIR 2017 ~ Present)

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