Applications Open for the 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program
2019 TOMODACHI-MITSUI & CO. LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
“Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership”
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the Government of Japan. Born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The initiative seeks to foster a “TOMODACHI Generation” of young American and Japanese leaders.
Generously funded by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and entering its seventh year, the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program contributes to the building of a “TOMODACHI Generation” of creative thinkers and driven achievers.
Selected through a competitive process, young American and Japanese leaders who are professional, geographic, and gender diverse will visit each other’s countries, meeting influential individuals and prominent leaders. Post program, participants are expected to contribute to further strengthening U.S.-Japan relations as next generation leaders who understand and appreciate cultural differences and possess critical globally-oriented skills and mindsets.
- Create a professional network among rising leaders in Japan and the United States that could lead to new, innovative partnerships and businesses.
- Motivate young American and Japanese leaders to engage in and contribute to furthering U.S.-Japan relations.
- Raise awareness of important policies and issues relevant to the United States and Japan among next generation leaders in both countries.
Ten (10) American and ten (10) Japanese young professionals will travel to each other’s country for one week to engage as a group and meet with established and up-and-coming leaders from business and government.
The American delegation will travel to Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo, and the Japanese delegation will travel to Silicon Valley in California and Washington, D.C.
Guided by the 2019 program theme, “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership,” the delegations will explore innovation, new technology, and industrial development in the context of U.S.-Japan relations.
Business executives, government officials, academics, and non-profit leaders will share their experiences and insights during the program. Through interactive and engaging sessions, participants will discuss issues, formulate new ideas together, and nurture lifelong friendships. The trip also enables delegates to gain greater understanding of multicultural America and the unique qualities of Japanese society, further strengthening the bridge between these two cultures.
SCHEDULE (all dates for 2019)
- Orientation (attendance is mandatory)
American delegation: June 7-8, New York
Japanese delegation: July 11-13, Tokyo
- Official Trip (dates inclusive of travel)
American delegation: July 5-13, Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo
Japanese delegation: September 15-23, Silicon Valley in California and
- Transportation, hotel, and group meals will all be provided.
- Delegates are required to attend all meetings and events during the trip.
- As a rule, spouses, family members, and friends are not permitted to accompany delegates during the official trip.
As time/schedules permit, participants from both delegations will meet during their respective trips to the other country and may also join other TOMODACHI Initiative activities in progress. Selected individuals may participate as speakers or attendees at U.S.-Japan Council or Mitsui & Co., Ltd. events.
Delegates will be encouraged to remain connected with each other and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations following their participation in this program.
WHY FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE
The road to recovery and revitalization from Japan’s largest tsunami is long however, the unwavering spirit of the people of Fukushima Prefecture and Tohoku is very much alive and it is important to continue caring about the region. Eight plus years after the disaster, optimism and resilience prevail and the progress made is best shared across Japan and with peoples of the world.
ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA
- Demonstrated leadership potential
- Professional accomplishments in career field
- Connection to U.S.-Japan activities (preferably including through profession)
- Young professional (up to target age 40)
- English proficiency for Japanese applicants
Candidates who do not meet all of the above criteria may still be considered if they demonstrate outstanding qualifications. The U.S.-Japan Council will make final selection of a diverse set of delegates, taking into consideration applications and recommendations made by various government, private and corporate advisors.
HOW TO APPLY
AMERICAN DELEGATION: THURSDAY, APRIL 4
JAPANESE DELEGATION: THURSDAY, APRIL 18
For further information about the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program or questions about the application process, please contact either Noriko Litwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wes Stockstill at email@example.com.
OVERVIEW OF ORGANIZER AND SPONSOR
Mitsui (Mitsui & Co., Ltd.) is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment, and service enterprises in the world, with 136 offices in 66 countries/regions as of October 2018. Utilizing the global operating locations, network and information resources, Mitsui is developing a wide range of businesses in six core areas: Metals, Machinery & Infrastructure, Chemicals, Energy, Lifestyle (food resources, food products, healthcare, Fashion and textiles, life essentials), and Innovation & Corporate Development (IT, finance, and logistics). For more information, visit www.mitsui.com/jp/en.
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan)and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the Government of Japan. Born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The initiative seeks to foster a “TOMODACHI Generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world. Visit us at www.tomodachi.org.
The U.S.-Japan Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders, and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific. The Council promotes people-to-people relations as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship. Recognizing the catalytic role that Japanese Americans play in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, the Council cultivates a national network of Japanese. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative. The U.S.-Japan Council maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan. For more information about the U.S.-Japan Council, visit www.usjapancouncil.org.
Through the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, I truly found how important it is to approach variety of issues in our country, companies, and as an individual with sense of ownership. All of the leaders we met in Boston and Washington D.C. had clear vision to achieve their goals and tried to address various issues in different ways. By participating in this program, I gained a network of committed leaders in Japan and the U.S. I hope I can contribute in someway for Japan and the Tohoku region by utilizing this network. Thank you so much for providing us with such a great opportunity to be a member of TOMODACHI Generation.
Shota Ito – Miyagi (2018)
Threads of “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership” were woven through every moment during the week that I spent with my colleagues in Japan. Heartwarming and inspiring stories were shared from leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the coastal communities in the Tohoku Region; beautifully demonstrating these 3 pillars through their rebuilding and reconstruction efforts following the 2011 earthquake and tsunamis. Business leaders based out of Tokyo who are driven by creativity and a thirst for action and change shared their journeys and gave me a whole new appreciation for what innovation can ‘look’ like.
Thank you, Mitsui & Co. and the U.S. Japan Council, for providing me with the honor and privilege of one of the most incredible professional and personal experiences of my life!
Karyn Troxell – Pennsylvania (2018)