MIRAI Programme


Programme Overview

The application period for MIRAI Programme May 2021 is now open.

The Government of Japan launched the MIRAI Programme in 2015. It is a short-term youth exchange scheme set up to invite graduate and undergraduate students to Japan.

The title of the programme, “MIRAI,” means “future” in Japanese and is also an acronym based on the first letters of the following keywords, as indicated: Mutual understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic exchange Initiative.

The program aims to deepen participants’ understanding of Japan and its policy, to promote mutual understandings and thus build a basis for future friendship and cooperation between Japan and their regions. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) hopes that the program would offer a great opportunity to 1) promote mutual-understandings, 2) enhance intellectual discussions and 3) build strong networks among future leaders of Japan and the world.

Application Guidelines, online application form and comprehensive information about the Mirai 2021 Program can be found here:
Japan Friendship Ties Programs MIRAI

Requirements for candidates from Finland

Candidates must:
  • understand the aims of “MIRAI” and are expected to disseminate information on Japan’s attractions through various communication tools including social media and/or their publications after the online pre-exchange program, during their stay in Japan and after returning to home countries. Publication results should be shared with Japan’s Foreign Missions.
  • not have experience of residing in Japan for more than six months (candidates who have never been to Japan will have an advantage) 
  • not have participated in Japanese government sponsored scholarship exchange programmes before, including the MIRAI programme and/or other similar programmes
  • be nationals of the countries below and do not have Japanese nationality:
    Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
  • answer the questionnaires which will be conducted at the end of the program and three months later
  • be in good health
  • be enrolled at a university/graduate school located in Finland
  • be over 20 years old at the time of the visit
  • have a satisfactory command of the English language in order to discuss relevant topics with fellow participants at the ministries and universities
  •  have a good academic achievement such as top 20%

Current Programme Details

(2) Politics & Security
Period: 11-19 May 2021
Application deadline: 14 February 2021 

Participants will attend lectures on Japan and its major policies and exchange views with Japanese students. They will also travel to local areas and learn about local industries and traditional culture, then in Tokyo they will have sessions to report the outcome of the visit.

Application Procedure

The selection process is overseen by the Japanese Embassy. Applicants are not guaranteed a place on the programme. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Candidates must fill out and submit an online application form with the following attachments:
  •  Valid passport copy
  • “Letter of understanding”
  • “Handling of Personal Information and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Privacy Policy”
  • Academic transcript
  • Photo
Application Guidelines, online application form and comprehensive information about the Mirai 2021 Program can be found here:
Japan Friendship Ties Programs MIRAI
If you have any questions please send an email to culture(at)hk.mofa.go.jp

Note: The Embassy is unable to seek permission from your university for you to miss lectures that you would be expected to attend during the visit. If necessary, please discuss the matter with your university before applying.