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KYOCERA Holds Ceremony for Children to Participate in the Japan Study Tour

2nd Cultural Exchange Tour for Vietnamese Children will take place from August 1 to 7 in Japan with hopes of fostering internationally minded youth

May 10, 2017
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) will host 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 will experience everyday life and customs in Japan from August 1 to 7. Prior to the tour, a ceremony was held on May 9 in Hanoi outlining the tour for the children who are to participate.

Ceremony held at Chu Van An middle school in Hanoi

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.

Ceremony Overview
Kyocera and its partner on this cultural project, the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations (HAUFO) and Hai Phong Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO) under the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) along with the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Hung Yen Provincial People's Committee (HYPC) hosted the ceremony in Hanoi to appoint the children selected among those who applied to the openly recruited tour. At the ceremony, the intent, purpose and tour schedule were explained. Participants at the ceremony (approximately 45 people) included the 10 selected children, their guardians, staff who are to accompany the children during the tour, school officials and others. Representatives from Kyocera Vietnam and Kyocera Document Technology Vietnam also gave speeches to encourage children to utilize the opportunity to experience a different culture for the benefit of their future. Furthermore, one of the children who participated in last year's tour also shared the story of his discoveries and experiences, and the children selected for this year were also given a chance to get to know each other.

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 abroad (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 978 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 its continued growth, and has increasingly gained importance also for Kyocera, the company started to invite Vietnamese children to Japan last year as part of its social contribution to Vietnam.

Tour Schedule
The tour will include visits to Kyoto and Osaka with a variety of programs to experience culture and life in Japan. During their stay in Kyoto, the children will experience Japanese traditional culture by visiting historical sites and cultural facilities. In addition, they will visit a middle school where they will interact with Japanese students of the same age.

Aug. 1
Arrive in Osaka
Aug. 2
Universal Studios Japan
Aug. 3
Osaka Science and Technology Center (OSTEC) Exhibition Hall,
Kyocera’s manufacturing plant
Aug. 4
Welcome reception at Kyocera’s headquarters,
Exchange program with Japanese students of the same age at a middle school,
Ceremony to meet and introduce host families at Kyocera’s headquarters
Aug. 5
Home-stay with Kyocera Group employees
Aug. 6
Send-off ceremony at Kyocera’s headquarters
Kyoto city sightseeing (Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto Railway Museum, etc.)
Aug. 7 (Mon) Return to Hanoi

To see images from last year’s tour, please visit: