UM Students Invited to Join Japan Business Study Tour

December 07, 2017

MISSOULA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation have selected the University of Montana and its Mansfield Center to once again participate in the KAKEHASHI Project grant.

The project will send 23 UM undergraduate or graduate students and two supervisors to Japan for a weeklong guided business, culture and policy exchange program managed by the Japan International Cooperation Center. Tour dates are March 5-13. Application information is available at Applications will be accepted until Dec. 24.

The program sponsor pays for international airfare, lodging, program meals, transportation and admission fees associated with program activities. Participants are responsible for all other costs, including passports and vaccinations.

The program is designed for adventurous and mature students who have a serious interest in business or Asia but have not studied in or traveled in Japan for an extended period. Scheduled activities include meetings with government and business officials, cultural tours, lectures on Japanese society and engaging with Japanese people.

The tour is open to students studying Japanese language/culture, students with a demonstrated interest in Japan and/or students in UM’s College of Business. Priority will be given to business students and those with more than one year of experience with Japanese language/culture or Japanese business and products. No academic credit is provided by the program.

The KAKEHASHI Project is part of Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs designed to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and countries across the world. The KAKEHASHI Project promotes mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the U.S. to facilitate economic and diplomatic relationships. It also contributes to finding and fostering more experts on Japan.

The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), the implementing agency of the KAKEHASHI Project, has been involved in various international cooperation activities since its establishment in 1977. JICE manages international training courses for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, universities, local governments, foreign governments and private organizations. JICE’s motto is “Share knowledge and experience. For our world. For the future.”      

UM’s Mansfield Center promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. The center houses programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs – the core interests and hallmarks of Sen. Mansfield’s career.

Contact: Caitlin Sager, program coordinator, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965,