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Students garner another invitation to Japan

The Japan International Cooperation Center has invited as many as 23 students from Lafayette High School to visit to Japan for 10 days this summer. Key expenses will be covered, such as airfare, hotels, most meals, and admission fees. 

The student travel program, called the Kakehashi (Bridge) Project, aims to promote mutual trust and understanding and to build a foundation for future friendship and cooperation. Highlights will include lectures on Japan’s politics, economy, society, culture, history, and diplomatic relations; visits to educational sites and institutions, high-tech and traditional industries; and cross-cultural events, workshops, and discussions with local people. 

“I hope that many of my students will take advantage of this opportunity and learn more about the relationship between the U.S. and Japan,” said Mariko Barnes, who teaches Japanese language and culture at Lafayette. 

The 13 Lafayette students who participated in the similar GEN-J program over spring break are not eligible to apply. This April trip was sponsored by the Japan Foundation, LA and JASK (Japan/America Society of Kentucky). “The students visited several major cities, exchanged culture, and ate authentic Japanese food. I have been talking to them about the trip, and they were so excited to share their experience,” Barnes said. 

Barnes is handling applications for the Kakehashi Project; the families of eligible students may reach her through Lafayette at (859) 381-3474.

Thirteen of the 20 students who visited Japan over spring break were from Lafayette.