Long Stay Foundation
Since travel restrictions were lifted in 1964, overseas travel has become firmly entrenched as common leisure activity and a part of people’s lives that is every bit as essential as food, clothing and shelter. These days, however, Japanese people are becoming increasingly interested in extended trips in which they stay in a single overseas region for a longer period of time, enabling them to experience another culture, get to know local people and become involved in other activities as part of their daily lives, thereby contributing to the local community in some way.
We are dedicated to promoting and educating people about long-term extended overseas trips such as these, which are more than mere vacations whilst stopping short of emigration or permanent residence. As the number of people going on what we refer to as “long-stay” trips increases each year, we believe that the long-stay lifestyle is becoming established as one of the options available to retired people in particular, not least with the impending retirement of the baby-boomer generation.
Despite the fact that Japan has developed into an advanced industrialized nation and is even considered to be an economic superpower, it takes more than just economic achievement to be truly regarded as a first-rate country. It is also essential to be genuinely understood and respected by the rest of the world. To achieve this, we believe that we need to familiarize people with and foster an understanding of Japanese culture and Japanese people.
Although the term “globalization” has been in use for some time, we are only now entering an era of wide-ranging exchange on a global scale as more and more overseas travellers are visiting Japan and getting to know the country better.
More and more Japanese people are travelling to other countries, and their reasons for doing so are increasingly diverse. As travellers set off to play, learn, have fun, discover, share their knowledge and skills or seek fulfilment, long-stay trips in particular incorporate a broad array of elements that really enable “long stayers” to achieve spiritual enrichment in line with their chosen lifestyle. In addition to broadening people’s horizons by learning about other cultures, interacting with local people in other countries also provides an ideal opportunity to tell them about Japan’s own proud culture, history and natural beauty. Long-stay trips frequently offer Japanese people a unique opportunity to rediscover everything that is special about Japan.
It would be fair to say that this sort of two-way exchange between countries helps people understand one another better and enables them to make their own individual contribution to world peace and international friendship.
With this in mind, we hope to enable as many people as possible to experience long stay trips in the future and will continue to improve the long stay environment through a variety of study, research and other projects. We aim to ensure that every single person remains safe and healthy, has fun and feels that they have had a worthwhile long-stay experience and achieved their goals. We look forward to your continued support in the future.