About the 2009 Keizai Koho Center

         Educator Fellowship Tour


Tour Dates and Travel

The 2009 fellowship dates are June 29th (depart from North America) through

July 11th (depart from Japan). Travel arrangements will be made for you roundtrip from your local airport to Tokyo. An agent will contact you directly. Do not make your own airline reservations. All fellows will travel to Japan in order to arrive in Tokyo on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Spouses, children and friends are not

accommodated during the fellowship dates. Arrangements for staying in Japan

after the fellowship tour dates are the responsibility of each individual.


Required Travel Documents

All participants are required to have a valid passport for travel to Japan and return home. Please make sure that your passport is valid through the end of the

fellowship trip. If you do not currently have a passport, please apply for one

immediately. U.S. and Canadian passport holders do not require visas to visit

Japan, and no special immunization is required either for entry to Japan, or reentry into the U.S. or Canada. Please send us a copy of the inside page of your

passport which has your photograph and passport number.


Itinerary

The Keizai Koho Center staff in Japan is working to develop a day-by-day

itinerary for your trip to Japan. We will send you an outline of the itinerary in

June, along with the names, address and telephone numbers of the hotels where

you will be staying so that you can be reached in Japan. Please note: the demands

of the itinerary are such that only persons physically able to travel without special

assistance should consider this fellowship to Japan. The itinerary will include

scheduled activities nearly every day, and is fast-paced. Additionally, each fellow

will be responsible for his/her luggage. You should also anticipate frequently being

in the company of people who smoke, as there are not as many restrictions on

smoking in Japan as in the United States. If you have a serious problem, please

take this into account before accepting the fellowship.


Insurance

Fellows are responsible for arranging their own medical, travel, and accident

insurance covering the period of the fellowship. Please be sure to have your

insurance information with you at all times during the trip. You may also wish to

consider baggage insurance.


Finances

The Keizai Koho Center fellowship will cover air transportation from/to the

fellow’s home city and Japan, accommodations in Japan, transportation as called

for by the itinerary, and most meals. You are responsible for any additional hotel

charges such as restaurant fees, room service costs, phone calls, usage of faxes, dry-cleaning, mini-bars etc., as well as souvenirs you purchase. A few tour meals

will be your own financial responsibility; however, there will be quite a few

restaurants in varying price ranges for you to choose from. Past fellows have found

it useful to purchase a Japan guidebook and study some basic Japanese greetings

and expressions to assist them during the trip. A personal budget of $300 -$500 US

dollars has been adequate according to recent participants.


Press Announcements

The Keizai Koho Center and the National Association of Japan-America Societies

(NAJAS) encourages any press coverage you may be able to generate regarding

the fellowship. In the past, fellows have contacted their local newspapers, town

magazines and school publications in order to bring attention to this unique

program. A general press release will be sent to each fellow from the NAJAS

office to use as a template and a sample release is included on this website. All copies of press announcements should be forwarded via email or post to Wendy Bennett, using the contact info at the end of this document. Each year the Keizai Koho Center seeks board approval to fund the program for the following year. Publicity generated by the current fellows helps the staff make the case to continue this unique fellowship. Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Clothing and Personal Items

When packing, please keep in mind that the context of the program will be

professional to a large extent, as many of the meetings and presentations will be

held in offices and schools. Business attire is recommended most of the time (i.e.,

coats and slacks for men, and dresses, skirts or slacks and jackets for women.) You

will also have free time when casual attire will be appropriate. Comfortable

walking shoes are recommended. You may wish to consider slip-on shoes that are

easily removed since you will be removing your shoes upon entering many

buildings, including schools. And please check your socks for holes!

You should try to travel light. Please pack a smaller bag to be used for 2-3 day

overnight trips. Because you will be with new people nearly every day, you do not

need many changes of clothes. Lightweight cottons or “drip-dry” fabrics are most

comfortable, and things that you can wash and dry overnight will save you

expensive laundry and dry-cleaning charges. You also will need a robe or pajamas

for your home-stay. Plan to carry all the toilet articles you will need, any

medications you take regularly, an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Although such items are readily available in Japan, they tend to be more expensive

than in other countries. Pack several cotton handkerchiefs since often public

restrooms in Japan do not have paper towels or hand-dryers. Past fellows have

suggested packing shorts and sneakers for leisure time, and a bathing suit.


Weather

The temperature in Japan in July varies from warm to hot and humid, and often

rainy. Temperatures average between a low of 68°F (20°C) and a high of 83°F

(28°C.), although it is not unusual for the thermometer to reach 90°F during that

time of year. You should bring a collapsible umbrella small enough to carry or fit

into a tote bag. It is likely to be too warm for a raincoat.


Gift Giving

You will need to bring a gift for your home-stay family. Something unique from

your hometown or school, made in the U.S. will be appreciated. Examples of gifts

from past participants include gift items from their schools, caps, sports team

memorabilia, non-perishable, small non-breakable local or US themed foodstuffs,

etc. We hope to tell you more about the the makeup of the host family in advance

of the trip so you can customize gifts for each family member. It is also a nice idea

to prepare a small ($3 drugstore) photo album to share with your host family, with

snapshots of your daily life, family, hobbies, etc. As their English skills may be

only slightly more developed than your Japanese skills, this album serves as a

convenient way to communicate with your new friends. It is also a nice idea to bring some colorful small bags and tissue for the presentation of your gifts.


Wendy Bennett

Executive Director

Japan America Society of Pennsylvania

600 Grant Street Suite 444

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

t  412.433.5022

f  412.433.5020

e  wbennett@us-japan.org

u  www.us-japan.org/jasp