AMBASSADORS TO JAPAN |
The Ambassadors to Japan Program was born out of the Yamato Kogyo/ANC Foundation Scholarship Gold Tournament, which began in 1991. At that time, Mr. Hirokyui Inoue, President of the Yamato Kogyo Company, wanted to do something in this area to show his appreciation for the people here.
The golf tournament has raised over $190,000 (from 1991 to 2004) for student scholarships since that time. Then, nine years ago he made an announcement at the tournament inviting students to visit Japan. It was his hope that the students would learn about the Japanese culture and bring that knowledge back to this area.
The first ambassadors traveled to Japan in 1996. Since its inception, several ANC students have traveled to Japan through the program.
SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PROGRAM?
It's an opportunity for our students to travel to Japan for a two-week stay to learn about that country. The trip is totally paid for by the Yamato Kogyo Company with the ANC Foundation paying the airfare.
The students usually travel in May immediately following commencement and just prior to the summer semester.
Students stay in hotels, the Yamato Kogyo Dormitory, and the homes of Yamato Kogyo employees -- to experience the Japanese way of life.
Once they come back, they are available to speak to classes and organizations such as Rotary about their travels.
While there, they truly are ambassadors not only for ANC or the state of Arkansas, but the United States.
HOW ARE THE STUDENTS SELECTED?
There is a fairly rigorous selection process. Students meeting the criteria are invited to apply. The criteria include:
JAPAN AMBASSADORS TO DATE |
JAPAN AMBASSADORS ENJOY A
ancient temples to grocery shopping, ANC's Ambassadors to Japan have the
opportunity to experience the Japanese way of life firsthand. This
opportunity is made possible through the generosity of the Yamato Kogyo
Company of Japan. Because of the commitment of its leaders, Yamato
Kogyo has helped to foster the importance of learning and education in this
area. We are proud to be a partner in the Japan Ambassadors Program
and look forward to providing continued educational opportunities to our
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