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Japan-India Relations
Press Release No.1

NEW DELHI: January 11th, 2008


1. 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. 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.

2. This is the 20th program of its kind organised by the Government of Japan. In this program, 119 youths from Japan and 141 youths from 13 other countries including India will share life together on board the ship for 42 days (from 24th January to 5th March 2008). 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.

3. The Indian youth contingent will arrive in Japan on 15th January and stay there until 24th January, where they, along with participants from other countries, will have an audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince and Princess, courtesy call on the Prime Minister, excursions to different prefectures, short stay with Japanese host families, and pre-departure training course for sailing. On 24th January, in Yokohama Port, they will board the chartered ship "Nippon Maru", specially designed for this purpose, and cruise around Singapore, Muscat and Chennai, before returning to Tokyo on 5th 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.

4. 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 10 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 20th Ship for World Youth Program are attached herewith.)

20th Ship for World Youth Program

List of Indian Participants: Total 10

National Leader  
Mr. Yogender Chaudhry Executive Director,
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (Delhi)
Youth Participants  
1. Mr. Prashant Kumar Student, JNU (Delhi)
2. Ms. Pallavi Singh Student, DU (Delhi)
3. Ms. Shakhila Banu Student (Karnataka)
4. Mr. Ajinkya Sudhir Deshpande Student, Pune University (Pune)
5. Mr. Jayanta Kumar Das Youth Volunteer (Assam)
6. Mr. Byomakesh Tripathy Social Service (Orissa)
7. Ms. Deeksha Gurnani Student, DU (Delhi)
8. Mr. Fateh Singh Aasarwa Social Service (Rajasthan)
9. Ms. Shashi Bala Service, Insurance Company (Shimla)