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Japan-India Relations
Press Release No.2


New Delhi, 12th January 2004 

To foster the spirit of international cooperation as well as to promote friendship and mutual understanding between the youth of Japan and those of various other countries, the Government of Japan has been organising the Ship for World Youth Program  for the past  several years.  It was introduced in 1967 as one of the programs to commemorate the centennial of the Meiji Restoration, and was designated as the Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise Program.  In 1988, the program was redesignated as the Ship for World Youth Program”, and has, since then, been held every year.


This is the 16th program of its kind organised by the Government of Japan.  In this program, 120 youths from Japan and  nearly 150 youths from 12 other countries including India, U.S.A, Russian Federation, Arab Republic of Egypt, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Peru and New Zealand participate and share life together on board the ship for 43 days (from 21st January to 3rd March 2004).  This programme provides the youth an opportunity to study and discuss issues of common interest from a global viewpoint, through lectures, cultural exchanges, sports, seminars and club activities.


The Indian youth contingent will arrive in Japan on 13th January and stay there until 21st January, where they, along with participants from other countries, will have an audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, courtesy call on the Prime Minister, excursions to different prefectures, short stay with Japanese host families, and pre-departure training course for sailing.  On 21st January, in Yokohama Port, they will board the chartered ship Nippon Maru”, specially designed for this purpose, and cruise around Singapore, Mumbai, Dar-es-Salaam and Victoria, before returning to Yokohama on 3rd March, where all the participants would disembark.  The Government of Japan bears all the expenses including air tickets and staying expenses on the ship, under this Program.


The selection of the Indian youth is conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India.  This year, the Indian youth delegation comprises of 12 persons from different parts of India, who are connected with youth activities.

(Copies of the List of Indian Participants and the Tentative Schedule of the 16th Ship for World Youth Program are attached herewith.)