The Cancellation of the IATSS Forum Fall Batch (September to November 2020)

We regret to announce that the 63rd IATSS Forum, scheduled from September to November 2020, has been canceled for the following reasons.

  1. According to the Immigration Services Agency, currently foreign nationals from certain countries including India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Malaysia are subject to denial of landing.
  2. Under the current measures by the Japanese government, any individual who lands in Japan, regardless of nationality, must undergo a 14-day period of self-isolation.
  3. Upon the completion of the program in Japan, there is a risk of traveling restrictions back to respective countries from Japan, such as refusal of aircraft landings, denial of landing, facility quarantines and so on.
  4. There is always the possibility of another wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Japan, under the current circumstance.


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Application Guideline


  • Possess following nationality
    Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Be 35 years old or younger
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time professional job experience


We are looking for candidates who display the following characteristics.

  • Candidates who have experience leading a team within an organization and a recognition of their own areas of improvement in their own leadership capacity
  • Candidates who understand the values of “co-creative/collaborative leadership” which maximizes the diversity of team members towards a common goal working with members from different cultural and professional backgrounds.
Awareness of the issues and desire to make change
  • Candidates who have awareness of the issues facing their own countries and communities and the motivation to take on a leadership role for the future sustainable development of the region
Capacity and potential
  • Candidates who have broad range of skills, experience and expertise which can be shared and will contribute to the training program.
  • Candidates who have sufficient level of English to be able to share their knowledge and experiences in lectures, group discussions and meetings.
  • Candidates who have the potential to gain what they lack by participating in the IATSS Forum, and make use of this potential for their own future and for the good of other people.
  • Candidates who are disciplined and independent in a diversified environment and who have a positive attitude toward learning from and respecting others.
  • Candidates who have a motivation to develop their own ability proactively in a diversified setting.
  • Candidates who are clear about what they want to gain from the IATSS Forum and have goals that are in line with the contents of IATSS Forum.


  1. Applications are accepted once a year.
  2. Basic application period: from February 1st, to June 30th
  3. Application documents: All of the following documents are to be sent to the applicant’s Country Committee Secretariat.

  4. There are two screenings and an interview.