The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP)



What is SSEAYP?

The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) is based on the representative joint statements issued in January 1974 between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Singapore and the Kingdom of Thailand. Negara Brunei Darussalam, following its full independence and its admission to the Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in January 1984, joined the program in 1985. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam joined in 1996, following its admission to the ASEAN in July 1995, and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Union of Myanmar joined in 1998 after having been admitted to the ASEAN in July 1997. Furthermore in 2000, the Kingdom of Cambodia also joined this program following its admission to the ASEAN in April 1999. This program is carried out by the Government of Japan with the active participation and cooperation of these ten Southeast Asian countries.


The purpose of this program is to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and Southeast Asian countries to broaden their perspective on the world, as well as to strengthen their motivation and abilities in international cooperation by participating in discussions introductions of each country, and various exchange activities both on board and in the countries to be visited.

In addition, the participating youths are expected to progress with leadership positions in youth activities and various other sectors in their own countries after this program.


1- Activities on board the ship:
The youths participating in this program (Participating Youths or PYs) shall take part in the following activities according to the schedule decided by the Cruise Operating Committee (COC):

a- Discussion Program
The Discussion Program intends to encourage the participating youths to deepen their understanding of the current situation of carious fields in each country and to promote mutual understanding, to improve skills to exchange views with other members and to enhance the ability at presenting their own ideas in public, through a free-flowing and active exchange of opinions.

b- Solidarity group activities
SG Activities shall be carried out by each SG to deepen mutual understanding and to promote good friendship.

c- Club activities
Club Activities aim at promoting PYs’ mutual communication on their own initiative through the pursuit of the common concerns and interests.

d- Introductions of each country
Each contingent introduces their country from various perspectives with the aid of videos, slides, leaflets, exhibitions, and so on. It consists of “Exhibition” and “Cultural Show”. Each contingent must prepare the activity without neglecting other activities on board. This activity does not mean to be be a competition; therefore, each contingent is advised to use as less costumes and equipments as possible.

e- Lectures
Lecture, one of the specially unique themes, is conducted by distinguish guests in order to share their experiences which are useful and meaningful to PYs. Furthermore, sometimes PYs who are willing to share their precious knowledge with their fellow friends can also take that opportunity to give lecture or present the respective points.

f- Studies for a safe voyage, including lifeboat drill
Studies for a safe voyage include studies of the ship’s structures and lifeboat drills.

g- Other activities approved by the COC
Other activities can be added, subject to approval by COC. If the activity requires any properties, PYs should submit the planning paper to the Administration in advance.

2- Activities in the countries to be visited:
Such activities as listed below shall be conducted according to the programs arranged by the respective governments (or the Reception Committees):

a- Courtesy calls and Receptions
Participating youth have chance to meet each country representative government officials.

b- Homestays
The main purpose of the homestay program is to provide a great opportunity to PYs to experience the real life styles of local people, particularly of their host family, in each country they are in for a few days. During the homestay, PYs are taken care and mostly considered as a part of their foster family members too. Because of this remarkable time, PYs usually keep in touch with their host family although they are apart no matter how long it is.

c- Parties on board, Open Ship
After the homestay, PYs are normally allowed to bring their host family to visit the Nippon Maru, the 2nd home of every PY. It is really a great time PYs can show them the facilities as well as tell them any activities they have been having on board the ship.

d- Programs of institutional visits and interaction with local people
Study tour is a good example of the institutional visit which is arranged to introduce PYs to famous and successful companies as well as organizations in each respective country. Through this program, PYs have chances to interact with local people whom they can seek out any more precious understanding about what they are wondering so far. More importantly, PYs can also plan their future after having discussion, about life, work and other experiences.

e- Other activities arranged by the respective governments/Reception Committees (Implementation of other activities shall be carried out only when the program has sufficient spare time.

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