Forty Two University Students Gather in Washington, D.C. for the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III and Learn About Future Opportunities as ‘Global Jinzai’
From October 20-23, 2016, forty two Japanese and American students attending colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C. region gathered to participate in the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III. Themed “U.S.-Japan Relations in the Nation’s Capital: Leadership, Legacy and Public Service,” the four-day conference focused on broadening the students’ understanding of U.S.-Japan relations, sharing leadership lessons, imparting skills to help prepare them for their first jobs, and encouraging them to stay engaged in U.S.-Japan relations.
Mr. Takeshi Wakita, President of Daiwa House Texas Inc. made opening remarks commencing the conference, followed by various leadership training and workshops. During lectures and breakout sessions, students built cross-cultural networking skills and explore leadership values and future careers as ‘global jinzai’, learned about career opportunities from leaders in a variety of sectors, and met like-minded peers.
Yuka Sadayuki, participant of the conference and former intern for the TOMODACHI Initiative shared, “I was intrigued by this conference that provides a very interactive platform that unites those that are eager to better U.S.-Japan relations on a more personal level. As a current Japanese student at university in the U.S., I am extremely devoted to advancing the alliance further, and I believe that my experiences and qualities complement such work.”
This third conference was held in Washington, D.C. as part of the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Program, which is a multi-year series of student conferences for Japanese and U.S. youth.