Lise van Weerden (MA student East Asian Studies) and Montijn Huisman (MA student International Political Economy) participated in the MIRAI winter programme 2016 and wrote a blog on their experiences.
Since the phrase entered common usage around two decades ago, both the concept and practice of public diplomacy have gained increasing attention. Various actors have come to explore its potential, and public diplomacy has become prominent in many countries’ diplomatic strategies. Japan is no exception thereto. In 2004, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) established a Public Diplomacy Department aimed at raising Japan’s international public image. Initially in charge of public relations, the department’s current mission has expanded to include the coordination of a wide range of innovative and cultural exchange programmes. Exemplary thereof are the ‘Friendship Ties Programs,’ designed to promote people-to-people exchanges, and to “encourage an understanding of Japan's economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations among participants.” Last December we had the privilege to participate in one of them: the MIRAI Winter Program 2016, intended to promote mutual-understanding, to enhance intellectual discussions, and to build strong international and inter-cultural networks – all within the timespan of seven days. Read more
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