The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) is based on the respective joint statements issued in January 1974 between the ASEAN Member countries (Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia. Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Singapore, and Kingdom of Thailand) and Japan.

Brunei Darussalam joined in 1985, Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1996, Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic of the Union of Myanmar in 1998 and the Kingdom of Cambodia in 2000, following their respective admission to the ASEAN. The program is carried out by the government of Japan with the active participation and cooperation of these ten Southeast Asian countries.

The objectives of the program include:  the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding among the youth of Japan and the ten Southeast Asian countries, to broaden their perspective on the world and to strengthen their spirit of international cooperation and practical skills for international collaboration. With these objectives, we aim to cultivate youth who are capable of exercising their leadership in their respective fields in a globalizing society and contributing social progress including youth development. These could be achieved through the participants’ living together in the ship, introducing their culture to one another and participating in discussions and various exchange activities both on board and during ports-of-call.