The eight Form 4 students from Ipoh are Nur Wajihah Khalipsa and Nur Ayuni Mohd. Salleh of SMK Raja Perempuan, Mohd. Danial Zakaria of SMK Gunung Rapat, Melissa Choong Yu Pei of SMK Tarcisian Convent, Darren Lee Yeu Jyn of SMK St Michael, Anusha Rajanran of SMK Convent, Saktivadivelu Letchmanan of SMK Methodist (ACS) and Nurin Dayana Norazhar of SMK Raja Chulan. They were selected by the Perak Education Department based on their academic performance, involvement in co-curricular activities, adaptability and versatility. These were some of the criteria imposed.
Once selected, they were provided with Japanese language lessons and cultural dance practices to enable them to better communicate with the Japanese people and to promote Perak since 2012 is Visit Perak Year. At the ceremony, the eight students entertained guests with the 1Malaysia dance.
The week-long exchange programme, beginning 7 to 14 December, 2011, is the 16th in the series since its inception in 1989. It has the tacit support of Ipoh City Council and Fukuoka City.