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					                   General Information on
            the 2011 Invitation Programme for
            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
   Japanese people.
      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.

    (3) JICE
      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.

Tentative Itinerary

    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
   11 May
                      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
   15 May
             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

 (2)Application Eligibility
      (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.

    (c)Health Condition
       Pregnant women
        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)
       Chronic diseases
        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:
  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
     BMP format.

 (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
         JENESYS secretariat;
       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.

6. Notes
      (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
      and damages.
        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.

7. Inquiries
     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