The Ambassadors to Japan Program was born out of the Yamato
Kogyo/ANC Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament, which began in
1991. At that time, Mr. Hiroyuki 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 $450,000 (through 2015) for
student scholarships since its inception. Then, in 1995,
Mr. Inoue 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
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
Once they return, the ambassadors are available to speak to
classes and organizations, such as Rotary, about their travels.
While there, they truly are ambassadors not only for Arkansas
Northeastern College or the state of Arkansas, but the United
How are the Students Selected?
There is a fairly rigorous selection process. Students
meeting the criteria are invited to apply. The criteria
Japan Ambassadors to Date
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Japan Ambassadors enjoy a New Culture
From visiting 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 students.
Ambassadors to Japan Info
2016 Ambassadors to Japan Info
2016 Ambassadors to Japan Application
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