Kakehashi Program

Fun in the River

The 2021 Kakehashi program has concluded.

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The Kakehashi Program is designed to promote people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States.  The program will provide participants with an enhanced understanding of Japanese economics, society, history, culture, politics, and diplomatic policies and encourage individuals to play an active role in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

The Japanese word “kakehashi” means “bridge,” which symbolizes the hope that participants will form lasting relationships with Japan and its people, and serve as bridges between nations and cultures. Participants who travel to Japan are encouraged to share their experiences and discoveries with their networks at home, and contribute to greater appreciation of Japanese culture worldwide.

This program is organized jointly by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).


  • To promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the U.S. and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation

  • To encourage an appreciation of Japanese culture, history, society, technology and language

  • To share information and generate worldwide interest in Japan through participants’ grassroots networks


​Please contact: programs@apaics.org