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KYOCERA Hosts 3rd Cultural Exchange Tour for Vietnamese Children
Kyocera has hosted 1,000 children from U.S.A., China and Vietnam since 1978, engaging in international exchange
Welcome reception held at Kyocera Headquarters in Kyoto
The program aims to provide 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 Fushimi Inari Taisha, known worldwide as one of the most iconic shrines in Japan, as well they learned about Japan's modern technological developments by visiting the Osaka Science Museum and the Knowledge Capital, a core facility of the Grand Front Osaka. 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.
|Children learning Japanese calligraphy with Japanese middle school students|
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.
|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 for the future. Since 1978, Kyocera has conducted the tour for children from foreign countries to visit Japan with 1,000 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, it has increasingly gained importance for Kyocera. For three years in a row Kyocera has invited Vietnamese children to Japan as part of our social contribution to Vietnam.