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Japan Society Junior Fellows

Japan Society Junior Fellows Program

The Junior Fellows Leadership Program brings 10 selected U.S. high school students to Japan to meet with industry leaders, experience daily life with a host family and travel to historical sites. This 3-week culturally immersive program connects Junior Fellows with present leaders and establishes a network of Junior Fellow alumni with a global worldview, forming close bonds between the U.S. and Japan. Open to students nationwide, needs-based scholarships available.

Note: Prioritizing the safety and well-being of participants, our host families, and school communities in the U.S. and Japan, Japan Society Education Department has modified the 2021 Junior Fellows Leadership Program from an in-person experience to an online format.

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Junior Fellows Leadership Program Goals

  • Create a junior network of rising student leaders in Japan and the United States.
  • Motivate young American and Japanese leaders to engage in and contribute to furthering U.S.-Japan relations.
  • Raise awareness of important issues relevant to the United States and Japan among next generation leaders in both countries.

“The Junior Fellows Program has helped me see my potential
and unlock my determination to find my passion.”
—Participant from San Francisco, CA

Further Questions
For more information, contact the Japan Society Education Program at Japan Society at (212) 715-1275 or

Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Norinchukin Foundation.

The Japan Society Junior Fellows Leadership program is supported by generous grants from an anonymous family foundation, ITO EN (North America) INC., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), the Wendy Obernauer Foundation, THE TOKYO CLUB, Sony Corporation of America, and the Sojitz Foundation. Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.