Program Details

Program Name: Asia Kakehashi Project
Cost: Full Scholarship
Placement: Japanese high school with homestay or dorm-stay
Duration: 8 months
Programme Date: June 2022 – March 2023*

*Note: The schedule is subject to change.


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.

Application and Criteria

Malaysian* and Bruneian students born after 2 April 2004 and before 1 April 2007 are eligible to apply for this program
The age requirement is set as such due to the visa and school requirement in Japan. Students need to be at a certain age during their arrival.
– Still in school whilst in the application process
– Obtained a minimum of 60% marks in all subjects in the final examination for the past two years and the most recent test results. For Malaysian students, please submit final exam results in 2019, Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS) or Pentaksiran Bilik Darjah (PBD) in 2020 and the latest test for 2021
– In good physical and mental health
– Open minded, mature and ready for a challenge
– Highly motivated and in the top quartile in school
– Prepared to attend schooling in a foreign country, and be committed to learn the language
– Adaptable, responsible and flexible
– A keen learner to 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
– Strong leadership qualities
– Have not participated in the ASIA KAKEHASHI program before.

*Disclaimer: This is a 10-month program. Malaysian students selected for the program are subject to the approval from the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

Priority will be given to students from low-income background.

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

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