Every year, JCI Members unite in their regions for JCI Area Conferences to exchange ideas, learn how to maximize their local impact and collaborate with other National Organizations in their Area. The four Area Conferences–Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, and Europe–give members a chance to take advantage of JCI’s international network while enhancing their National Organizations. At these conferences, JCI gives its members the opportunity to address international issues and show their commitment to becoming socially responsible leaders. These global forums enable members to focus on solutions for their region and how they can grow, improve, share and create positive change across communities.

Following the success of 2017 JCI ASPAC Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the next Asia-Pacific Area Conference will be held from May 24-27, 2018 in Kagoshima, Japan.

2018 JCI ASPAC Kagoshima
Conference Concept, Slogn, and Theme

Conference Slogan

CHESTO! Moving forward Boldly

Conference Concept

“Change starts here.”

The Asia that we live in is central to the active exchange of people, ideas, products, and finance that drive the continuing development of globalism. However, with recent events such as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and US policy changes by the Trump administration, there has been a dramatic shift from globalism towards nationalism. In the face of changing times and principles, uncertain emotions may exacerbate economic disparity and increase the possibility of conflicts, including terrorism.

Kagoshima is a historically and geographically important area of Japan, as evidenced by the significant Christian missionary activity, the introduction of tanegashima matchlock guns, and the beginnings of Japan’s industrial revolution. In addition, many of the pioneers who led the bloodless social reformation known as the Meiji Restoration were Kagoshima natives, who learned about justice and kindness as part of the traditional education system. Full of hope and the desire to take action, they made great achievements in the creation of modern Japan.

In 2018, which is the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, JCI members who are leaders in their regions will gather in Kagoshima, the city with a heart of social reform, to think about the new future of the Asia-Pacific region and experience a democratic social change movement. Furthermore, not only will participants be able to create new alliances with like-minded citizens of the Asia-Pacific region, but they will also be energized by the majestic nature of the active volcano Mt. Sakurajima, which will encourage the spirit of new actions towards the aim of realizing permanent world peace through this impactful Kagoshima conference.

Conference Logo


The logo was created using the theme of the symbols of Kagoshima,
Mt. Sakurajima volcano and Kinko Bay which surrounds it.
By combining the upward-reaching Mt. Sakurajima and the sideways-stretching waves of Kinko Bay,
the logo expresses how Kagoshima’s energy can spread to anywhere in the world.