Date                             : 19 – 23 May 2019
Main venue                  : Ministry of Education & Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia
Participating Country    : Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines
Day 1: 19 May 2019

Students and chaperones were escorted to the Japan Foundation, Jakarta’s (JFJA) headquarters from the hotel by JFJA’s staffs. To break the ice between the students as well as the chaperones, JFJA staffs introduced a simple game of passing a ball to one another while stating their names and countries they came from. From this session, those who were present were able to remember their acquaintances' names in a short time.

Students’ details       : Tarore Lycie Lea (SMA Negeri 1 Menado, Indonesia)
                                      Nur Nabilah Aqilah Ismaili (Seri Puteri School, Malaysia)
                                      Sithikorn Krasu (Pua High School, Thailand)
                                      Nway Oo Khine (Yangon University of Foreign Language, Myanmar)
                                      Tran Minh Dat (Chu Van An High School, Vietnam)     


Once the students were comfortable with each other, a discussion session commenced based on the question sheet provided by JFJA which had been answered by the students before their arrival in Jakarta. This session was facilitated by two JFJA Japanese language teachers Ms. Sato and Ms. Koga. Each student shared their experience and opinion based on the given questions. Then, using sticky notes, they put them up on a fishbone chart.

The students were required to choose two of the questions they would like to talk about during the presentation on 21st May. Instead of presenting alone in speech form, the teachers and students choreographed an interactive way for them to deliver their points. This method was easier for the students and was able to calm their nerves especially in the presence of high profile audience.

Once the students learned their parts, they proceeded to practice for the performance which they will join Indonesian theatre group, Enjuku in singing their original song “Sakura Yo”. Prior to their departure for Jakarta, the students had been given a video link by the organizer for them to memorize the lyrics and movement. Although the first time practising together was a little awkward, the students did very well after a few tries.

Day 2: 20 May 2019

All participants were escorted to the event venue which is located in the Auditorium at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Jakarta. The students were able to practice for their presentation on the stage. Enjuku members were also present so they could practice their performance together. During this session, the students received a lot of feedback on how to improve their presentation from JFJA staff. Since it was only their second day, the students had to rely on reading the cue cards. They took the whole afternoon to memorize their points and movements for the performance for the next day event.

In the evening, all the participants and guests attended the reception dinner held at the hotel. The Executive Director of the Japan Foundation Centre for Japanese Language Testing, Mr. Matsukawa Noriyuki was present to give a speech. He took a moment to meet with the students and look forward to their presentation the following day.

Day 3: 21 May 2019 – International Symposium

The symposium was attended by the members of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, the 5th Advisory Committee Meeting of Japan Foundation Asia Centre participants and local media. The symposium began with Indonesian National anthem followed by speeches by the President of Japan Foundation, Mr. Ando Hiroyasu and the Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia, Mr. Ishii Masafumi. The Enjuku troupe entertained the audience by dancing and singing to their original song; which later the students joined them on the stage to perform “Sakura Yo”. A representative from the ministry, Mdm. Poppy Dewi Puspitawati, MA also shared a very informative presentation on Character Education and its Significance in Japanese Language Learning through the Nihongo Partners Programme.


The Symposium proceeded with the presentation from the students, which received supportive feedback from the audiences, then continued with the presentation from CP-NP pair from Lampung, Indonesia and the Philippines. Following the presentations was a discussion session from guest panels joined by the CP-NP pairs on Nihongo Partners Programme.


Moderator       : Nishihara Suzuko sensei (Japan)
Panels             : Francky Najooan sensei (Indonesia)
                          Suneerat Neancharoensuk sensei (Thai)
CP-NP Pair      : Ms. Dian Rahmawati Hermawan (CP – Indonesia)
                           Mr. Nishida Kengo (NP – Indonesia)
                           Mr. Michael Manahan (CP – Philippines)
                           Ms. Tajiri Sae (NP – Philippines)

The event was concluded with the speech by the Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia, Mr. Muhadjir Effendi as well as the closing speech by the Director of JFJA (Jakarta Centre for Japanese Culture), Mr. Tsukamoto Norihisa.

Day 4: 22 May 2019

The students and guests who were still in Jakarta were taken on an excursion to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah to learn more about the Indonesian culture and people. The students especially were very intrigued and amazed by the diversity of Indonesian tribes and history.


Due to the safety issue, the participants and guests were advised not to leave the hotel once they return from the excursion. Participants and guests were invited to join the Reception for the 5th Advisory Committee Meeting of the Japan Foundation Asia Centre which was also held in Jakarta. During this reception, the students were honoured to meet Mr. Ando Hiroyasu as well as Committee member and renowned Actor Mr. Kato Masaya who was very impressed with their presentation the day before.


Day 5: 23 May 2019

The participants departed from hotel to airport in batches with representative from Malaysia being the last one to fly home.


Report by:
Assistant Coordinator
Nihongo Partners Programme
Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur


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