Awaji Youth Federation

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About Us

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The Awaji Youth Federation (AYF) was founded in 2017 by the Pasona Group, one of Japan`s leading human resources firms dedicated to solving society`s problems and to the revitalization of regional communities.

With its headquarters on Japan`s beautiful Awaji Island, AYF creates a unique global community where the next generation of leaders gather with passion to challenge themselves. Its sought-after Fellowship Program offers successful candidates the chance to be part of a diverse community, coming together across cultures, backgrounds, and disciplines to find new solutions to global issues.

At the same time, AYF Fellows immerse themselves in a uniquely Japanese environment, gaining a rare inside view into the land where so much innovation and technology, rich history, culture, and tradition was born.

Founded in 1976, Pasona Group is a leader in Japanese employment and staffing solutions. Since its establishment, Pasona Group has maintained the corporate ideal to solve societal problems by harnessing the potential of each job-seeking individual, with its mission being to continue embracing challenges with high aspirations and dedication toward creating a new social infrastructure.

This includes helping people find work they like and complements their personal goals; creating a society in which individuals can freely exercise their talents through an egalitarian relationship with their workplace; and promoting diversity whilst continually creating opportunities for individuals to achieve their dreams.
In recent years, Pasona Group has taken on the challenge to create new jobs by attracting human resources to rural areas, including Awaji Island, Kyotango, and Tohoku. The aim is to revitalize regional industries by bringing together people with diverse talents. By cooperating with local governments and businesses, Pasona Group is working toward ongoing revitalization of rural communities across Japan, based on the themes of Japanese culture, history, food, and health.