How can a young person help design the future of their country? dot JP (Japan Produce), a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, aims to improve the policy literacy of youth by building bridges between government elites and young people below 30 years of age through internships and policy contests. These programs encourage participants to actively join in creating their own future, and that of their countrymen.



To realize this goal, Microsoft Japan helped dot JP launch their annual student policy content contest in July at the Microsoft Shinagawa office. Leading up to the finals, to be held 12–13 September, the students will work in groups and talk to bureaucrats and congress persons to create a vision of what Japan could be in 30 years. The students are also tasked to develop the policies and required budgets to fulfill their vision.

The NPO secretariat is using Office 365 to facilitate communication with students who are participating from outside of Tokyo and to coordinate Lync calls between the students and government officials who are serving as mentors.

Watch this space for highlights of the winning teams.

For more information in Japanese on the programme, please go to the dot JP policy contest site.