General Information on
the 2011 Invitation Programme for
SPECIAL FIELDS COUNTERPARTS
from New Zealand(2011-Agriculture)
1. General Outline
(1) Outline of the 2011 Invitation Programme for Special Fields
Counterparts from New Zealand (2011-Agriculture)(SFC.NZ)
In the bilateral talks with the Foreign Minister of New Zealand Hon Murray
McCully on 29 April, 2009, the then Foreign Minister of Japan Hirofumi Nakasone
introduced a new invitation programme for young New Zealanders to Japan in
addition to the existing invitation programme, Future Business Counterparts from
New Zealand (hereinafter abbreviated as FBC.NZ), which started in 2007.
The Invitation Programme for Special Fields Counterparts from New Zealand
(hereinafter abbreviated as SFC.NZ), launched in 2010, is to invite young New
Zealand professionals who will assume greater responsibilities in the coming years
and who are engaged or interested in strengthening agriculture relations with
Japan. In this programme, the participants will be able to familiarize with and
experience Japan, its society, culture and people, through lectures, visits to various
sites pertaining to the main theme of the programme and interactions with
The aim of this unique programme is to provide young New Zealand
professionals in the agricultural field with opportunities to understand the current
situation in the field in Japan. Subsequently, they can contribute to promote
mutual understanding between the two countries utilizing the knowledge and
experience of Japanese agriculture gained through this programme.
(2)Under the auspices of the JENESYS Programme
SFC.NZ is formulated to be an integral part of the JENESYS Programme.
At the Second East Asia Summit (EAS) held in January 2007, the Japanese
Government announced a plan to implement a large scale youth exchange
programme, inviting about 6,000 young people to Japan mainly from the EAS
member states (ASEAN, Australia, China, India, New Zealand, the ROK) every
year for the next five years, with a view to establishing and/or reinforcing a basis
for Asia’s stalwart solidarity by expanding youth exchange. Based on this plan,
the Government of Japan launched the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for
Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme in 2007.
JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center) is an authorized public
organisation established in 1977 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Japan. Since its inception, JICE has been closely working with Japanese
aid agencies and government ministries as well as foreign governments and
United Nations organisations such as UNESCO and UNDP to support the
implementation of international cooperation programmes.
JICE is an official agent of this JENESYS Programme, which has undertaken all
the necessary arrangements for the 2011 Invitation Programme for Special Fields
Counterparts from New Zealand, such as travel procedures and the whole
schedule of events in Japan under the guidance of the Government of Japan.
2. Tentative Programme Schedule
(1)The follow ing schedule is subject to change.
(2)JICE’s expert staff w ill accompany participants to all the scheduled events and
will support in terms of their living arrangements and health during the programme.
Date Time Schedule Stay
9 May AM Assembly in Auckland
(Mon) PM Pre-departure Orientation
10 May AM Departure from Auckland
(Tue ) PM Arrival in Tokyo
AM Briefing by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
JICE orientation Tokyo
(We d) PM
Lecture: Japanese Agriculture policy
12 May Pre fecture
Experience of Japanese Agriculture
(Thu) around Tokyo
Visit to National Research Institute in the agricultural
13 May AM Pre fecture
(Fri) around Tokyo
PM Visit to New Zealand Embassy
14 May Pre fecture
Visit to Japanese Farms
(Sat) around Tokyo
AM Experience of traditional culture
PM Tokyo cultural tour
Lecture by New Zealand’s company operating business
16 May AM on agricultural products / in close partnership with
Japanese firms Tokyo
PM Group discussion
17 May AM Group presentation
(Tue ) Departure from Tokyo
3. Application Process
(1)Important Dates for Your Application
4 March, 2011 Application Deadline
1 April, 2011 Notification of Selection
9 May, 2011 Pre-departure orientation
10 May, 2011 Departure to Japan
18 May, 2011 Arrival in Auckland
(a) Applicants must meet all the follow ing requirements and must be eager to
pursue a career that fosters Japan-New Zealand agriculture relations in the
Applicants should be young New Zealanders who specialize in agriculture.
-A professional engaged or interested in the agricultural field including
processing, distribution and marketing.
-Undergraduate and post-graduate students with professional work
experience in the above-mentioned sectors.
Applicants should in principle be New Zealand citizens and at 35 years of
age or below.
(b)Those who have previously participated in any similar invitation
programmes to Japan are not eligible.
Those who are pregnant are not accepted to participate in this programme
owing to the following reasons.
・Maternal and child health
・Possibility of Rapid aggravation of influenza A (H1N1)
Candidates who suffer from chronic diseases (*1) can be accepted to
participate in the programme on the condition that they submit “Letter of
Consent” (the prescribed form attached) and permission letter by their doctor.
(*) Chronic lung disease (Asthma, Chronic obstructive lung disease e tc.), Immunode ficie ncy
state (T ce ll immunode ficie ncy e tc.), Chronic heart disease (conge nital heart disease,
coronary arte ry disease e tc.), Me tabolic disease (Diabe tes), Re nal dysfunction, Obesity,
Myasthenia gravis etc.
(3) Documents to be Submitted
Applicants must submit the following documents (a)~(e) to the Embassy of
Japan by 4 March, 2011. It is preferable that all documents are submitted
electronically via e-mail addressed to the Embassy of Japan and marked SFC-NZ
in the subject section. Should you have difficulty in submitting all the documents
electronically, you may post documents (b) ~ (e). In this case, please ensure
document (a) is provided as electronic data and the other four documents (b - e)
reach the Embassy of Japan no later than 4 March, 2011.
E-mail address: japan.eco＠eoj.org.nz
Postal Address: Economic Section (SFC.NZ), Embassy of Japan
Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington
6011, New Zealand (P Box 6340 Marion Square, Wellington
6141, New Zealand)
(a) Application Form
Complete the Excel or Word application form with the necessary information
and answers. (typed only)
(b) Passport-size Photo
The passport-size photo to be submitted must have been taken within the last
six months and be attached to the designated space on the Application Form.
(c) Photocopy of Your Passport
Make a photocopy scan of the photo page of your passport and send it in PDF,
JPEG, or BMP format. If you currently don’t have a passport, you may
substitute it with a photocopy of an official ID (e.g. a student ID, a driver's
license). If accepted to this programme, you must immediately obtain your
passport and submit a photocopy of that.
(d) Letter of Permission
Print out the Letter of Permission and obtain your employer’s or regents
professor’s handwritten signature. Send it in PDF, JPEG, or BMP format.
(e) Letter of Agreement
Print out the Letter of Agreement and sign the form. Send it in PDF, JPEG, or
(4) Notification of Selection
All applicants will be notified of the results of selection by 1 April, 2011. Up to
40 applicants will be selected.
4. Terms and Conditions
The Japanese Government will make the necessary arrangements and bear the total
cost for the programme. Any other arrangement should be made by participants at
their own expense.
(1) Arrangements and expenses to be covered by the programme.
Round trip international air tickets (Auckland-Tokyo-Auckland, Economy
* Excess baggage charge is the individual participant’s responsibility
Overseas travel accident insurance
*Please note that pregnancy-related diseases, chronic diseases and pre-existing
diseases diagnosed by a Japanese medical doctor and cases disapproved by the
insurance company will NOT be covered by insurance. Individuals will be liable for
such costs. (Plea se see the page 4 Application Eligibility (2) )
Domestic transportation from/to Auckland
*If you reside in a location other than Auckland, two way domestic flight tickets
(between your nearest domestic airport and Auckland) will be made at your request.
Accommodation in Japan
Transportation in Japan
Meals in Japan
Accommodation in Auckland for the day before the departure to Japan.
*Other personal expenses should be paid at the participant’s own expense.
The following is not permitted.
To remain in Japan after the programme without a permission from
To change the flight designated by the programme;
To change accommodation designated by the programme;
To be accompanied by someone not accepted in the programme; or
To travel to third countries on the way to Japan or back to New Zealand.
(3)Submission of Post-programme evaluation sheet and Assignment
Participants are requested to submit the post-programme evaluation sheet and
Assignment report on experiences gained in this programme and are requested
to cooperate in any follow-up programmes in the future.
(4)Respect for Japanese law and regulations
During the stay in Japan, participants must respect the laws and regulations of
Japan, and offenders are subject to penalties under Japanese law.
5. Pre-departure Orientation
Participants should attend a Pre-departure Orientation that will be held in
Auckland on 9 May, 2011. Further information about orientation will be sent to
participants at a later date.
(1) Other important notes on health conditions
According to past cases, when a person with chronic disease is infected with
the new influenza A virus (H1N1), the risk of severe symptoms is much
higher than other infected patients without chronic diseases.
When a participant with chronic disease receives medical treatment or
medication due to symptoms caused by the chronic disease, medical expenses
will not be covered by the overseas travel accident insurance provided by the
programme. In this case, the participant will personally be responsible for all
the medical expenses .
The participant must understand the above conditions and agree to bear all
the medical expenses and be responsible for all risks after arriving in Japan.
(2) The attribution of responsibility during the programme
Any loss or damages incurred by the participants due to any accident, theft,
crime or any other reason during this programme should, regardless of such
reason, be borne by the participants. The Japanese Government, the Embassy of
Japan in New Zealand and JICE should in no manner be liable for such losses
Any dispute arising out of the application and admission of, or relating to,
this programme between the participants and the Japanese Government or JICE
should be governed by and construed in accordance with the domestic laws of
Japan, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws, and should be subject to
the exclusive jurisdiction of the applicable courts in Japan.
Contact the Embassy of Japan for any questions.
Embassy of Japan
Level 18, The Majestic Centre,
100 Willis Street, Wellington 6011,
New Zealand (P.O. Box 6340 Marion Square, Wellington 6141, New Zealand)
Tel: (64-4) 473-1540
Fax: (64-4) 471-2951