MEXT launched in October 2013 the “TOBITATE! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative” to build a momentum to help all young Japanese eager and capable to take the first step toward studying abroad and to actively take on new challenges.
The initiative is based on the belief that all of society working together can achieve greater results. As such, with support and donations from individuals and private companies active in various fields, the government and private sector will collaborate to foster human resources with a globalized outlook who will succeed in tomorrow’s world.

 In addition, the “Japan Public-Private Partnership Student Study Abroad Program (Tobitate! Young Ambassador Program)” was newly launched in 2014. The program aims to send approximately 10,000 high school and university students overseas throughout its seven years through to 2020.

 MEXT will promote the initiative along with state-sponsored student exchange support programs for studying abroad, aiming to double the number of Japanese students studying abroad by 2020.

For further details, please refer to the TOBITATE! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative website.

(Student Support and Exchange Division, Higher Education Bureau)