A GROUP of students who recently took part in a cultural exchange program in Japan returned to the country on Monday evening.
The students, who were selected by the USP under the Japan Government-sponsored initiative JENESYS 2.0, left the country on September 25 and spent the past two weeks learning about Japanese life.
Ranging from Japan's pop culture to the conservative nature of the Japanese people, the students learned a great deal about what it meant to exchange love and appreciation across cultural borders, and about the benefits the exchange can impart on their countries, in this case Fiji, Samoa, Nauru, the Cook Islands and the Solomon Islands.
Twenty-four students took part in the exchange program, many from the Laucala Bay campus in Suva while the remaining six flew in from Nauru and the Cook Islands, to meet the larger group at Narita Airport in Tokyo City.
According to a number of the participants, they were adamant on returning to their homes and implementing change to their environments, economies and societies through what they learned during the two-week exchange.
Although they have not immersed themselves back into their university work, they have all decided to come up with ways in which they can promote Japan and strengthen their localities.