12 students Japan bound for JENESYS youth sports exchange

BY Lyna Mohamad

Acting Director of Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat and Second Secretary at the Japan Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Atsushi Aoki with the students at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD


Twelve students who will be part of the JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth) Inbound Programme on Youth Sports Exchange (Rugby) left Brunei Darussalam for Tokyo, Japan on Thursday night. Leading the group is Head of the Sports Unit of the Temburong Youth and Sports Department Mohd Shah Johan bin Haji Shari. Also going is a representative from the Brunei Darussalam Rugby Association.

The students will be in time for the Rugby World Cup that will be held in Japan this year.

“We are really lucky and feel privileged to have the experience to watch the world rugby game live. The students are very excited and looking forward to watch the game,” Mohd Shah Johan said.

Besides that, the participants will also engage in sports exchange in joint training for rugby, where they can share training methods and conduct friendly matches.

“Some of the students have been playing rugby for quite some time while some are still new, so we hope to give them the right exposure and first-hand experience during the friendly matches,” he said.

While in Japan, the group will also take part in cultural exchange activities where they will learn Japanese culture and showcase Bruneian culture with other participating countries.

Launched by the Japanese government, the JENESYS programme is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

Participants are made up of approximately 3,100 people who will be sent to or from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region in a year. They are expected to proactively disseminate information on Japan’s attractions and contribute to promoting sustained attention to Japan.

Present to send off the group at the Brunei International Airport were Acting Director of Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat and Second Secretary at the Japan Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Atsushi Aoki.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin