On Wednesday 28 March, Ambassador Kusaka and Mrs Kusaka were paid a visit by 4 senior high school students who are currently visiting Australia on the Tohoku Youth Program.
The Tohoku Youth Program was conceived and organised by the Australia Japan Society (ACT) Inc. with the aim of bringing young students who suffered the loss of a parent or parents in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to Australia for a short respite. To date, more than 40 students have visited Canberra on the Program. Participants spend approximately 2 weeks in Canberra with a host family and attend a local school with their host brothers and sisters, allowing them to experience Australian culture, society and nature firsthand.
These 4 current participants visited the Ambassador’s residence and shared their experiences on the Program and impressions of Australia with the Ambassador and Mrs Kusaka.
In order to run the Tohoku Youth Program, the Australia Japan Society (ACT) Inc. hold charity events and fundraising activities throughout the year. The Embassy of Japan will continue to fully support their efforts.