13 students to participate in a badminton exchange programme in Japan

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Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Motohiko Kato (7th from Right) in a group photo with the 13 students. Image: Azrina Zin

Azrina Zin

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Motohiko Kato hosted a send-off ceremony today for 13 Bruneian students who will be participating in the sports exchange programme (badminton) in Japan next week.

The eight-day programme which starts from December 11 will pitch these students against their counterparts from Daito Bunka University, Dai-ichi High School and Nippon Sport Science University.

Besides badminton, they will be given the opportunity to understand Japan and its culture through activities that include historical site visits and a home-stay programme.

Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Motohiko Kato delivering his remarks. Image: Azrina Zin

The ambassador in an interview stressed the importance of involving youths into regional exchanges because they could help build stronger bilateral foundations for countries to depend on in the future.

He said youths should be more encouraged to participate with similar kinds of exchange programmes as early as they can, especially when they are the assets that determine the future of the country.

“Through this exchange, we are very hopeful that Brunei-Japan sports and bilateral relations could grow further,” the ambassador said.

The exchange is also part of this year’s Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme.

The Bruneian