The Youth Exchange Night is a unique opportunity for local middle and high school students to engage in fun activities and face-to-face discussions over a dinner with students from Nagano, Japan. Each summer, a group of 20 Japanese students, ages 13 to 18 years old, visit Washington, D.C. and New York as a part of the junior reporter delegation program sponsored by the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun, a newspaper agency in Nagano Prefecture, the central region of Japan. The delegation’s purpose is to learn about various subjects ranging from environmental issues, immigration, pop-culture and trade policies impacting current America and the US-Japan relations. SJA has been hosting an evening program since 2018, providing casual and fun cultural exchanges for Japanese and American students to share their stories and perspectives. The program is free to all attendees and features team-based activities and a dinner. Any students in 6th through 12th grades are welcome to attend.

Youth Exchange Night 2019
Date: July 30, 2019
Venue: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
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We are also looking for Japanese speaking volunteers (native or near-native) who can assist with students discussions and communications. Any questions? Contact us at