JAOS or Japan Association of Overseas Studies has announced that it took approval from the Japan Anniversary Association to recognize the day in a statement. 12 November symbolizes the day when Japanese women were first given the opportunity to travel abroad for their higher studies. In 1871, on 12 November a small number of Japanese students joined the Iwakura Mission – a Japanese diplomatic voyage which sent five female students to the United States to study the role and education of American women. Before this, education abroad was considered a privilege limited to men only.
“Japan has a long history of sending its students abroad since around 600 AD, and many of them who returned from their study abroad experiences have contributed to Japan’s growth,” the statement mentioned.
The ultimate goal to recognize the day is to raise public awareness for study abroad opportunities so that Japan can “continue to nurture significant and influential representatives of talents”, and contribute “active roles in the global arena and contribute to Japan’s future through the experience they have gained from studying abroad”.
“As the world becomes increasingly integrated today, the development of global talents has become a top priority task for Japan,” JOAS added.
JAOS also announced that it will hold the first ‘JAOS Study Abroad Awards’ on November 12 this year. There will be a nomination-based category to award the nominees and four experts from their respective international stages will make the judgment. Winners will be selected from nominees spanning across various sectors such as business and study abroad advocate organizations, entertainment, sports, politics and social media.
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