The Pacific Rim International Camp (PRIC) was founded in 1985 as the successor to the foremost educational camp for high school students in Japan, the All Japan Student Camp (AJSC).
The AJSC was established by the Yomiuri Shimbun in 1951 as the first educational camp in Japan.Every summer, approximately 100 high school students gathered from all over Japan to experience the spirits of friendship, leadership, and followership by camping together.
From these students, one would be chosen to represent Japan at Camp Rising Sun, an international exchange program in the United States well before its time. Today over 3000 alumni of AJSC are playing active roles in a wide range of fields.
In 1985, on the occasion of the United Nations International Youth Year, combined corporate sponsorship allowed the expansion of participation to foreign campers and staff.
This shift of the camp’s focus from solely Japanese participants to students from the entire Pacific basin was the beginning of what has since been known as The Pacific Rim International Camp.