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The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines announced the opening of applications for the 2022 Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

In a press release by the Japanese Embassy, they stated that the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP), a one-year long academic program launched by the Government of Japan and is also one of the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Programs, aims to help youth leaders from various countries, including the Philippines in their professional growth and development.

“The program hopes to help in the professional growth and development of its participants and enable them to form strong connections with fellow peers from different countries. The ideal is for these participants to become future leaders and work together in contributing significantly to the economic, social, and political development of their home countries,” the Embassy said in a statement.

The Young Leaders Program is a full scholarship offered by the Japanese government for qualified individuals to earn a Master’s Degree from a Japanese University.

Aspiring Filipino applicants may choose to specialize in any courses offered such as business administration, law, public administration, and local governance which according to the embassy, classes will be conducted primarily in English.

The program will start around September-October 2022, and a master’s degree will be conferred to participants upon successful completion of the program.

The Japanese embassy included the criteria that the applicants need to fulfill in order to qualify for the said program. Interested applicants must be a Filipino citizen, a Bachelor’s degree holder with excellent academic records, under 40 years old that is highly proficient in English, and employed with at least 3-5 years of work experience.

All YLP applications must be coursed through the specific recommending authorities that can be found at

The Embassy said the deadline of application submissions will depend on each recommending authority.

Source: https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/11_000001_00593.html

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