Asia Kakehashi Project Japan Finalist and Reserved List

We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a Finalist for the Asia Kakehashi Project 2020 Year Program to Japan. This program is fully funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT). Congratulations!

All finalists are required to complete the Asia Kakehashi Project Online Application. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the forms soon.    

Please note that your spot will only be guaranteed once a review of your final application forms and medical forms to determine your eligibility and medical clearance for the program is completed by AFS Japan.

We would like to emphasize that if you accept the Asia Kakehashi Project Scholarship, you are expected to fully participate in the ten-month program and you agree to forfeit any other academic or other opportunities that would require you to return early or curtail from the Asia Kakehashi Program.  Therefore, we urge you to consider these conditions carefully before proceeding. 

Please let us know if you accept this scholarship offer by or before Sunday, 6th October 2019.

If you have any questions on the above matter, please feel free to contact us during office hours at +6 03-7887 6866.


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Open to Singapore Citizens

Kakehashi Project for Singaporean

Grow your global competence and become a future leader by spending an exciting year studying abroad in Japan on a full scholarship! Whether you live with a host family or in a dormitory, you will attend a Japanese high school and make friends with the locals. This will help you improve your Japanese language skills, your academic prospects, and your intercultural fluency.


Application Form

Project Overview

  1. High school students in Asia to study in Japan for 6-10 months

  2. Hosted by Japanese high school with homestay or dorm-stay

  3. Exposure to Japanese education, culture and local experiences


40,000 Japanese high school students and 1,000 Asian high school students will be impacted by the project.

Develop global competence of Japanese high school students through intercultural experiences without going abroad.


Provide Asian high school students educational and cultural experiences in Japan.


Program Details

Program Name: Asia Kakehashi Project
Cost: Full Scholarship
Program Start Date: April 2020
Program End Date: February 2021
Placement: Hosted by Japanese high school with homestay or dorm-stay
Duration: 10 months
Application Deadline: 31 July 2019


Participating Countries

China/ Korea / Mongolia / Thailand/ Laos / Cambodia / Myanmar / Bhutan /Malaysia/ Singapore / Philippines/ Brunei / Indonesia/ India/ Sri Lanka / Nepal / Pakistan/ Bangladesh / Maldives

Application and Criteria

You do not need to be the best academically as we are looking for people who are able to adapt, are open and willing to share their culture as well as learn a new one.

Minimum acceptance criteria:
– Age requirement:
Date of Birth: 2 April 2002 – 31 Dec 2002
The age requirement is set as such due to the visa and school requirement in Japan. Student need to be in certain age during their arrival.

– Still be at school whilst in the application process
– Be in good physical and mental health
– Be open minded, mature and ready for a challenge
– Academically highly motivated, top-quartile students
– Be prepared to continue your schooling in a foreign country, and be committed to learn the language
– Be adaptable, responsible and flexible
– Be a keen learner and experience the world!
– Believe and understand the mission of AFS; become a global citizen by going on one of our programs
– Japanese learners or willing to learn Japanese
– Financially needed
– Potential to be future leaders of sending countries

The Future of Asia

“We will provide opportunities for Asian high school students studying Japanese to live in Japan for ten months. This will be at a scale of 1,000 students over the next five years.”
– Prime Minister Shinzo Abe