TOMODACHI, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Announce New Leadership Program
April 8, 2013 – The new TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program inspires and motivates the next generation of young American and Japanese leaders to become active in U.S.-Japan relations.
This unique program creates a bilateral exchange of delegations between the United States and Japan. The delegations are composed of ten professionals from the business and government sectors who are active leaders in their respective fields and committed to addressing local, regional or global community concerns. The target age range for participants is 35 and younger.
The 2013 delegations will focus on U.S.-Japan cooperation in the areas of trade, energy, infrastructure, and technology. The U.S. delegation will travel to Hiroshima and Tokyo in July, and the Japanese delegation will visit Seattle and Washington, D.C. in September. Both delegations will have the opportunity to meet and engage with top and emerging U.S. and Japanese leaders from the business and government sectors.
Reflecting on the importance of this new leadership program, U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos stated, “Bicultural experience and engagement at the professional level is not only important, but critical to furthering U.S.-Japan relations. I am truly excited about TOMODACHI’s new partnership with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.”
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. President and CEO Masami Iijima, explained his firm’s generous sponsorship of the program:
“Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is committed to restoring Tohoku and Japan to prosperity and strengthening U.S.-Japan relations on a global scale,” said Iijima. “TOMODACHI is a powerful initiative that enables Mitsui to make a contribution to future generations of Japanese and American leaders to achieve their full potential.”
- Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for the program here.
- The due date for applications is May 10, 2013 for the U.S. delegation and June 21, 2013 for the Japanese delegation.
TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, led by the United States Government and the U.S.-Japan Council and supported by the Japanese Government, that supports Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties and deepen the friendship between the United States and Japan over the long-term. For more information about the TOMODACHI Initiative, visit www.usjapantomodachi.org.