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KYOCERA Hosts 2nd Cultural Exchange Tour for Vietnamese Children

10 middle school students spend seven days in Japan engaging in international exchange

August 8, 2017
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) hosted the 2nd Cultural Exchange Tour for Vietnamese Children to visit Japan in the hope that they will grow up to become international citizens who will contribute to a more harmonious global society. During the tour, children from Hanoi, Hung Yen and Hai Phong experienced everyday life and customs in Japan from August 1 to 7.

Image: Welcome reception held at Kyocera Headquarters in Kyoto
Welcome reception held at Kyocera Headquarters in Kyoto

The program aims to provide impressionable children with firsthand experience of different cultures so that they can in turn act as a bridge for Vietnam-Japan relations, and to lead prosperous and fruitful lives as leaders in various fields in the future.

The tour included visits to Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka with a variety of programs to experience culture and life in Japan. During their stay, the children experienced Japanese traditional culture by visiting Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) as well as Japan’s steps toward modernization by visiting the Osaka Science Museum and the Kyoto Railway Museum. In addition, they visited a middle school where they interacted with Japanese students of the same age. The children also discovered Japan’s culture of monozukuri, Japanese manufacturing style, through a factory tour at Kyocera’s Shiga Gamo Plant.

Image: Children interacting with Japanese students through sports and traditional Japanese activities   Image: Children interacting with Japanese students through sports and traditional Japanese activities
     
Image: Children interacting with Japanese students through sports and traditional Japanese activities
Children interacting with Japanese students through sports and
traditional Japanese activities

A reception was held at Kyocera’s headquarters to welcome the children and encourage them to utilize their discoveries in a different culture for their future. For the second half of the tour, the children experienced Japanese life through a three-day home stay with Kyocera Group employees.

Image: Children experiencing Japan’s summer holidays with their host families
Children experiencing Japan’s summer holidays with their host families

Background and Purpose of the Program

The program was organized based on the experiences of Kazuo Inamori, founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corporation, as he was deeply moved by cultural interaction during his first visit to the United States for a business trip. In 1976, Kyocera began inviting Japanese children on foreign tours, reflecting Inamori’s hope that providing children with opportunities to interact directly with foreign cultures will help them to develop broad perspectives and dreams. Since 1978, Kyocera has conducted the tour for children from foreign countries to visit Japan with 988 children having participated to date.

Vietnam is the third country from which children have taken part in the tour, following the United States and China. These are countries where Kyocera has large-scale manufacturing bases. As Vietnam stands out among emerging nations for the continued high economic growth rates, and has increasingly gained importance also for Kyocera, starting last year we have invited Vietnamese children to Japan as part of our social contribution to Vietnam.