Sakura Exchange Program in Science



Purpose of the Program Promoting science and technology is a key engine to materialize a bright future of Asia and it is vitally important to enhance the exchange of youths in Asian countries and Japan who will play a crucial role in the field of science and technology. Based on this concept, “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science) is the program for enhancing exchanges between Asia and Japan of the youths who will play a crucial role in the future field of science and technology through the close collaboration of industry-academia-government by facilitating short-term visits of competent Asian youths to Japan. This program aims at raising the interest of Asian youths toward the leading Japanese science and technologies at Japanese universities, research institutions and private companies.

Detail of the Program

General Public Application Project

This program is to accept public applications of exchange program plans for receiving organizations of Japan and sending organizations of applicable countries and regions. By implementing exchange programs, it is hoped to activate various exchanges in the field of science and technology between receiving organizations and sending organization, and promote globalization of receiving organizations (including various activities of national globalization programs), that eventually lead to increase of acceptance of exchange students/researchers and vitalization of research activities.

Approach to Asian Countries

In implementing this program, JST urges to widely participate Asian competent students by publicizing this program through visits to the Asian countries based on this basic policy. Furthermore, JST assists sending organizations to search for receiving organizations if necessary.

Preparation of an Exchange Plan

Based on the basic policy, the receiving organization in Japan prepares an exchange plan (or plans) in cooperation with the sending organization(s) by utilizing the contents of “Platform for Exchange Contents of Science and Technology” that are publicly provided on the Web concerning general description of information on science and technology exchange that JST and others own. There are three types of exchange plans as shown below. Where necessary, JST will support the preparation of the exchange plan, including searching for sending or receiving organization, or even matching them.

In “Science and Technology Experience Course”, the Asian youths coming to Japan participate in science and technology exchange activities prepared and arranged by the receiving organization (including educational establishment, private company, local government, incorporated foundation or incorporated association in Japan). 10 days is regarded as the standard length of stay.

In “Collaborative Research Activity Course”, graduate school students and postdoctoral researchers from Asia conduct short-term collaborative research activities with Japanese researchers on a clearly defined subject based on the arrangements made by the receiving organization (including educational establishment, research institution and private company that personally conduct education or research and development activities). Three weeks are regarded as the standard length of stay.

In “Science and Technology Training Course”, the Asian youths participate in training based on the arrangements made by the receiving organization (including educational establishment, research institution and private company that personally conduct education or research and development activities) to intensively learn technology and capability concerning science and technology implemented by the receiving organization. 10 days is regarded as the standard length of stay.

Single-year plan and multiple-year plan

There are two types of exchange plans, namely, single-year plan and multiple-year plan.
(1) Single-year plan.
This type of plan complete as the implementation of the exchange plan of the applicable year.
(2) Multiple-year plan
This type of plan is expected to generate significant result by implementing over multiple years. The maximum duration of implementation shall be 3 fiscal year starting from fiscal 2016. This means there are 2 fiscal-year or 3 fiscal-year plans.

Public Application Opportunities

In the FY 2016, we plan to have a few application opportunities based on the application situation.

Application of Exchange Plan

The receiving organization makes application(s) to JST in the fixed format provided after the exchange plan is prepared jointly with the sending organization(s).

Selection of Exchange Plan

The exchange plans submitted to JST will be screened by the “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science Committee” (henceforth referred to as the “Committee”). The Committee judges the exchange plans from the viewpoint of whether the proposed exchange plan is appropriate for realizing the basic policy. Based on the result JST determines the exchange program. Also for determining the selection, we evaluate whether they are receiving outstanding youth from Asia, the science and technology field is appropriate, appropriateness of the exchange program such as the length of stay, as well as comprehensive balance from Asian countries and areas such as population, research population, and exchange student staying in Japan.

Registration of Receiving and Sending Organizations
When the exchange plan is applied to JST, sending organization and receiving organization are registered as the cooperating organization for this project. If there is

insufficient information or inappropriate information for registration, the organization may not be registered.

Implementation of Exchange Plan

JST provides the receiving organization with an appropriate fund for the operation cost of the applied plan. If the receiving organization is a private company, JST provides basically a fund for the invited persons’ overseas travel expenses only. Other expenses must be covered by the receiving organization. If private companies are included as visiting sites, the expenses related to the visit, including accommodations will be in principle covered in cooperation with the applicable private companies.

The receiving organization will responsibly implement the applied plan and JST provides the receiving organization with an appropriate fund for the operation cost of the applied plan. The receiving organization is expected to make an effort for cost reduction to the utmost extent.

The receiving organization must submit a report detailing the results of the exchange program after its implementation, including a survey from the participants.

In Case of Accidents

The receiving organization must have correspondence infrastructure for accident such as to determine the person in charge, determine the contact method to in-school, related institutions, and JST when the visiting students or staffs get sick or get involved in an accident, and if sickness or accident happens to the visiting students or staffs, they must do their best based on the correspondence system. Also, JST will support the receiving organization so the correspondence for accidents and other will go smoothly.

Related Common Items

Collaboration and Cooperation with Asian countries and area
In order for effective promotion of this project, JST invites related teachers, researchers and government administrator for the collaboration and cooperation with related facilities in subject countries and areas. (P)


JST covers visitors with insurance policy while they are in Japan.


For countries that require visa, JST will submit the document indicating that they are invited for this project if receiving organization submits correct information within a certain period. In that case, application fee for the visa may be waived.

Sakura Science Club

JST issues a certificate of completion for those who were invited in Sakura Science Plan and complete the exchange plan. JST sets up “Sakura Science Club” with the objective of supporting people who complete the exchange plan and receive the certificate and continuously sharing the information concerning science and technology and educational institution in Japan. As a general rule, people who complete the exchange plan will receive information from science technology and related educational institution in Japan through JST as a member of “Sakura Science Club”.


Laboratory observation
Science and Technology Experiences
Lectures by Distinguished Scientists
Museum Tour
Japanese Cultural Experience


Time :
Date November 6th 2016 – November 12th 2016

Place :
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hiroshima University Hospital (HUH), Japan

Participants :
1. Nur Sulastri, dr., Sp.KFR
2. Dyah Intania Sari, dr., Sp.KFR
3. Dewi Masrifah Ayub, dr.
4. I Dewa Putu Setia Wikananda, dr.
5. Rahadi Arie Hartoko, dr.
6. Ayu Dewayani, dr.

Department of Physichal Medicine and Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine Airlangga University- Dr. Soetomo Hospital
Surabaya, Indonesia

Prof. Hiroaki Kimura, MD., PhD., Physiatrist
Dr. Yukio Mikami, MD., PhD., Physiatrist
Kazushiro Sarada, PT, MHSc

November 5th, 2016: Surabaya-KL
November 6th 2016: KL-Kansai, Osaka-Hiroshima (Shinkansen), Arrive in Hiroshima
November 7-11th 2016: HUH, RS lain, Nursing Care, Daycare, Apartment; Museum, Shrine, Shopping Mall
November 12th 2016: Trip back to Osaka-Singapore-Surabaya
November 13th 2016: Arrive in Surabaya

Activities while staying in Hiroshima

Hiroshima University Hospital

We followed all activities that had been scheduled for us while we at Hiroshima University Hospital (HUH). We were given chance to observe all the activities in Department of Rehabilitation Medicine such as cardiac rehabilitation & Heart Failure Center, intensive care unit (ICU), high care unit (HCU), gymnasium, Occupational therapy, and Motion analysis.

We also had the chance to know about insurance systems in Japan. Social security system in Japan was divided into three which is social assistance, social compulsory, dan social welfare. For social compulsory was divided into three which is employer insurance, national insurance and letter stage elderly. National insurance already included in medical insurance and nursing insurance. National health insurance in Japan was integrated with national insurance. National insurance was established since 1961. All Japan citizen were covered by health insurance and it was divided into two which is health insurance and nursing insurance. Every citizen range 20-65 years old had obligation to pay the premi 15.590 yen/ month and every citizen rangen 40-65 years old had obligation to pay nursing care premi 11000 yen/month. Nursing care was established since 2000. There were 16 diseases that were covered by the nursing insurance if the participant age was under 65 years old.

We also had the opportunity to see the motion analysist for the Paralympic athlete. She was a Cano athlete for the Paralympic games in Japan in 2020.

Hiroshima University also open the opportunity to do research with Physiatrist. The research can be basic science research and clinical research.


static-cycle  treadmill  breathing-exercise