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The 2nd Pacific Islands and West Indies Students Invitation Program

The 2nd Pacific Islands and West Indies Students Invitation Program

On January 14th, students from the Pacific and West Indies took a day trip to Kamakura as part of the Pacific and West Indies Students Invitation Program, jointly organized by Sophia University. The sixteen participants arrived in Japan on Jan 4th. During their stay in japan, they are not only expected to gain basic knowledge about Japan but also to enhance their understanding about the current situation in Japan. It is expected that students will utilize their experience for resolving environmental issues that small-island countries are currently facing now.

During the trip to Kamakura, the students visited many famous tourist locales such as Hase temple, Tsuruoka temple, and Kencyo temple, they were particularly intrigued by the stories about Kamakura, told them by a tour guide. As they visited a famous statue of the Bhudda, they were very astonished about the structure and its size. At lunch, the participants split into groups consisting of students from the Pacific, the Caribbean and Japan. Each group enjoyed their time in Kamakura. They shopped, ate Japanese foods and did extra sightseeing. The experience was a good opportunity for them to understand Japanese history and culture.

The 2nd Pacific Islands and West Indies Students Invitation Program

During this excursion, students who joined a summer program at the College of Micronesia from both Sophia University and Sophia Junior College joined the tour. Along with them, Interning student from APIC, Koyama( 3rd year student at Waseda University) joined the tour and deepened exchanges with the participant students.


The Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) is engaged in various development cooperation projects for the purpose of promoting international cooperation and deepening mutual understanding between Japan and various countries.

The following activities comprise the focus of the APIC mandate

1. Supporting development cooperation projects throughout the Pacific Island region
2. Supporting development cooperation projects throughout the Caribbean region
3. Organizing social meetings and symposia regarding global issues
4. Organizing social meetings regarding international cooperation
5. Supporting recipients of the "APIC-Sophia Xavier High School International Student Scholarship"
6. Training younger generations interested in international cooperation

APIC was established on September 8th 1975, for the pacific purpose of facilitating public understanding and cooperation on ODA through the provision of information regarding Official Development Assistance including ODA.

APIC was transformed into a general incorporated foundation following a legal revision on April 1st 2013, but still maintains its functions and activities according to its original mandate.

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