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At the Second East Asia Summit (EAS), held in January 2007, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced a plan to implement a ¥35-billion youth exchange program, inviting about 6,000 young people to Japan mainly from the EAS member states every year for the next five years.
Based on this plan, the Government of Japan has launched the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme, under which it is conducting a variety of exchange activities.
As a part of the JENESYS Programme, the Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers works to create regional cooperation among Asian countries through exchanges of next generation researchers.
In march 2011, the program changed its name to the “Invitation Program for East Asian Young Researchers.”