MIRAI Program


  • A short-term youth exchange program, "MIRAI" (Mutual-understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic Exchange Initiative) invites groups of promising young leaders who are expected to play an active role in the international society and provides them with an 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 their experiences in Japan proactively through SNS and other media during / after the visit.

<Application for MIRAI program>
Please apply for the program from the link below. Make sure that you fulfill all the requirements (MIRAI 2021/2022 Outline).

Application deadline is November 7, 2021.

Application website:
The program in 2021-2022 is as follows:

Online pre-exchange workshop:
All selected participants are required to take an online pre-exchange workshop for two days in January 2022 (TBC), prior to the program in Japan.
Program in Japan:
  • A Group (Theme: Politics and Security)
  • B Group (Theme: Economy and Business)
 (The Program date of each group is currently scheduled to take place in early 2022, however, the departure may be delayed due to the situation of the novel corona-virus diseases (COVID-19) or other unforeseen events).

<Qualifications for applicants>
All applicants for the Program must meet the following criteria.
  • All applicants (University students or Graduate school students) belong to schools or institutions located in Belgium and who do not have Japanese nationality.
  • Applicants do not have experience of residing in Japan for more than six months. Or had never been accepted Japanese government-sponsored scholarship programs before.
  • Applicants must be aged 20 or over.
  • Applicants must have an excellent command of English to discuss relevant topics with fellow participants.
  • Applicants must be healthy physically and mentally.
  • Applicants are ready to commit to share their experiences and knowledge of Japan during and after the program through Social Networking Services, mainly Facebook, Instagram and other major platforms with the “open to the public” status.
 * The program may be suspended or the implementation period/format may be changed due to the situation of infectious diseases or other unforeseen events.
NEW!! Find out what the participants from Belgium have experienced through this program from the link below: