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Student Ambassador Program

Congratulations to Caleb Morris for being selected as a 2023 Student Ambassador to Kurashiki! Caleb will be joining Aidan Joyce and Nigel Barrett, who were selected as Ambassadors in 2020, for the 2023 program. (Aidan and Nigel were not able to travel to Japan because of the pandemic.)

We are delighted to be offering our program again this year and to have all three students represent the Heart of America Japan-America Society, Kansas City, and the United States this summer. 

Information about the 2024 program will be posted on this page in January 2024. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email


About Our Program

Since 1974, the Heart of America Japan-America Society and the city of Kansas City, Missouri have engaged in a Sister City Program with the beautiful city of Kurashiki, Japan. Since 1981, our members have helped sponsor almost 80 American high school and first-year college students in a summer home-stay program in Kurashiki. These “Student Ambassadors” have studied the Japanese language and are well qualified to represent the Japan-America Society.

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