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About IATSS Forum

Q1. What kind of organization is the IATSS Forum?
A1. The IATSS Forum is one of the Departments of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Science. The Forum commenced in 1985, aiming to bring out the best qualities in individuals who will one day become future leaders in the ASEAN region.
Q2. Is the IATSS Forum an organization that offers traffic safety training?
A2. Although it is one of the Departments of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Science, the IATSS Forum does not provide training specializing in "traffic." Inviting outstanding individuals with their respective expertise from Southeast Asia's various fields (such as government-related organizations, private companies, school-related institutions, and NGOs), the Forum provides training to develop human resources who will bear the ASEAN region's future. The training provided covers a wide range of contents, rather than specializing only in traffic. The IATSS Forum provides opportunities for trainees to improve their co-creative leadership capacities for themselves, and to find their own leadership styles.
Q3. What kind of organization is the International Association of Traffic and Safety Science?
A3. Aiming to "contribute to building ideal traffic flows for modern society," the International Association of Traffic and Safety Science has played an active role with its six departments. Since traffic is involved in diverse social values and aspects as well as timelines in a multilayered manner, we place emphasis on the "interdisciplinary aspect," which covers various fields such as nature, society and humanity, and "internationality," which is not swayed by the limited concept of whether domestic or overseas in our approach; as well as on "practicality" and "foresight," which are directly connected to achieving objectives in our output. All our activities are always developed on the basis of the aim and characteristics stated above.
In April 2011, the International Association of Traffic and Safety Science was acknowledged as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation by the Cabinet Office. For further information, please visit "International Association of Traffic and Safety Science (IATSS)".
Q4. What types of people does the Forum target?
A4. We accept applications from persons with a desire to become or who have the potential to become a young leader who can bear the future of the ASEAN region. Our trainees come from various sectors, including government officials, entrepreneurs, business persons, mass media members, university lecturers, and researchers.

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About the IATSS Forum Program

Q1. What kind of lecturers appear in this Program?
A1. By inviting professors from leading universities in Japan, business leaders, and specialists from various related fields to hold lectures, the Forum will provide precious opportunities for participants to learn the latest information and business circumstances. For further information, please read the "program page".
Q2. I cannot be away from work for as long as 55 days. Can I participate in the Program in the middle?
A2. No, you cannot. Since the 55-day period constitutes one forum, all participants are required to be present during the entire Program period.
Q3. During the training period, which cities will we visit other than Suzuka?
A3. Basically, the Program will be implemented in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, but participants may have opportunities to visit Tokyo and Kyoto, too. (This may change according to changes in the program.)
Q4. Will we have any opportunities to interact with Japanese people?
A4. Participants will be given various opportunities to interact with Japanese people, such as at events to interact with local volunteers, during homestays, and interactions with university students.

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About applying

Q1. Can a Japanese person apply for this Program?
A1. We are terribly sorry, at this point in time we do not accept outside applications from Japanese people for this Program as the current target demographic is young people from the ASEAN region.
Q2. What are the requirements to apply for this Program?
A2. The requirements are:
-You must have been in full time work for a period of more than two years, and
-be 35 years old or younger at the time of the application's closing date.
For further information, please visit the web page, "Application Guideline".
Q3. How will trainees be selected?
A3. In line with the screening standards of the IATSS Forum, the screening will be conducted in three steps. The 1st and 2nd screenings are conducted based on document screening by the local committees and by the IATSS Forum Steering Committee in Japan, respectively, to reduce the number of applicants to 10. The 3rd and final screening, which is held in the form of a direct interview in each country, is intended to select 4 participants per country, two participants for each forum.
For further information, please visit the web page, "Application FAQ".

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