On 19 March 2013, eight award-winning junior and senior high school students visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN through the Oku / Inoue Commemorative Youth UN Visit program. The students were the winners of a national speech / essay contest held in Tokyo last year.
During their visit, the students paid a courtesy call to Ambassador Jun Yamazaki. They were then briefed by Minister Takahiro Nakamae and First Secretary Ms. Eriko Yajima on the workings of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and the employment of Japanese nationals at the United Nations.
The students also visited UNESCO for an informative and interesting briefing by the Director of the New York office, Mr. Phillipe Krielka, followed a briefing by Mr. Kenji Nakano from UN Department for General Assembly and Conference Management on his work at the UN and encouraging the students to follow their dreams. They also visited the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN for a briefing.
On 20 March, the students toured the UN and enjoyed a lunch by the East River in the UN Delegates Dining Room while speaking with Japanese UN Staff, Mr. Atsushi Muramoto and Ms. Naomi Ichikawa, who shared their experiences and advice about working in the United Nations. Following the lunch, the students visited UNICEF for a briefing by Ms. Yuka Sakamoto and received a briefing at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN.