MIRAI Programme


Program Overview

The application period for MIRAI Program 2021-2022 is open until 7 November 2021.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan launched the "Japan's Friendship Ties Programs" in 2015 to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and various nations. The Europe regional component of this program is called "MIRAI", which means “future” in Japanese and is also an acronym based on the following keywords: Mutual understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic exchange Initiative.

MIRAI is a short-term youth exchange program set up to invite graduate and undergraduate students to Japan. It 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.

MIRAI Program briefly

Requirements for applicants from Finland

Applicants must:
  • understand the aims of this program and commit to sharing and disseminating their experiences and the attractions of Japan 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 Government of Japan’s Foreign Missions located in participants’ residential countries.
  • not have experience of residing in Japan for more than six months
  • 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, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, North Macedonia, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
  • be 20 years old or older 
  • be able to communicate and discuss relevant themes and topics with other participants in English without difficulty
  • have good academic achievement with their academic record being within 20% of all students counted from the top
  • be in good health both physically and mentally
  • be enrolled at a university/graduate school located in Finland
  • present and implement an action plan and respond to questionnaires after the program

Current Programme Details

(Group 2) Politics & Security
- Online pre-exchange program (January 2022)
- 6-day visit to Japan (February-March 2022) 

Application deadline: 7 November 2021 

Participants will attend lectures on Japan and its major policies and exchange views with Japanese students. They will also visit Japanese companies, research institutes and historical sites in Tokyo and other prefectures. Visit to other prefectures includes few nights in homestay.

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.
1. Applicants must read carefully the Program Outline
2. Applicants must fill out and submit an online application form with the following documents:
  • Reasons for application
  • Plan of dissemination
  • Latest transcript of academic achievement
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.