Update from Team TOMODACHI
February & March 2022

TOMODACHI Alumni Meet with U.S. Ambassador in Kesennuma

On March 10, 2022, two TOMODACHI alumni met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel (third from the front in the left row) in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. The Ambassador, his wife, and representatives from U.S. Consulate in Sapporo visited various places in Tohoku to commemorate the Great East Japan Earthquake that happened eleven years ago. They enjoyed lively conversation and local cuisine with TOMODACHI alumni. 
Ami Miura, alumna of TOMODACHI Summer SoftBank Leadership Program said, “I was happy to hear that Ambassador Emanuel felt the perseverance and warmth of the community in Kesennuma. He also gave me many pieces of encouraging advice. Now that I “U-turned (leaving one’s hometown to study or work and returning to their communities after their time abroad is concluded)”, I am truly inspired to be one of the next generation leaders in this town. In addition, I wanted to share with young people who I support that they too can connect to the world from Kesennuma, and that they can challenge anything.” Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

Japanese University Students Studying in the U.S. Visit New York City for a Leadership Training Program

From March 6 to 10, 2022, ten scholars, the 8th cohort  of the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program, participated in the leadership training program held in New York City. The training was generously hosted by Sumitomo Corporation and the Sumitomo Corporation of Americas. The program provided the students with the opportunity to foster their leadership skills. Read More>>

Japanese Female University Students in STEM successfully completed in person program in the United States

From February 12 through March 16, 2022, nine Japanese female university students traveled to the U.S. and successful completed the in-person portion of 2020-2021 TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership and Research Program at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and Rice University in Texas. This program is a research internship program for female undergraduate students from Japan who are majoring in science and engineering. Read More>>

Families from Tohoku Express Themselves through Music and Dance through Global E-workshop

The “TOMODACHI Lawson Global E-workshop with HEART Global was hosted online on February 27th 2022, sixteen families from Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture participated.  The event itself was created in order to connect children from the Tohoku Region with the world. Thirty-four participants enjoyed declaring themselves by singing and dancing with HEART global members from around the world for two hours. Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events

May 21 - May 22

May 22

TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program, Annual Conference (online)

TOMODACHI Boeing Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar, CHEER (Mid-term Presentation) (online)
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities

10th Anniversary of the TOMODACHI Initiative is Commemorated in New York

On December 17, 2021, a reception to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the TOMODACHI Initiative was held at Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi’s residence in New York. USJC President & CEO Suzanne Basalla (third from left) joined the reception along with USJC members in the New York City area and had the opportunity to meet and network with TOMODACHI alumni.

As Ambassador Yamanouchi was unable to attend, Deputy Chief of Mission Futoshi Matsumoto (front, center) gave the opening remarks. Attendees also heard heartfelt speeches from two TOMODACHI alumni: Shigetatsu Nishigai and Sarah O’Connell. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Alumna Featured on NHK World

TOMODACHI Summer SoftBank Leadership Program alumna Hinako Murakami, member of the Overseas Business Division of FISHERMAN JAPAN, was recently featured on NHK World. The story highlights the direct impact the TOMODACHI Initiative has had on Ms. Murakami's life and career. Ms. Murakami has shared her story and experiences with the TOMODACHI and USJC community. Read More>>

Q&A with TOMODACHI Program Participants and TOMODACHI Alumni

<Takehiro Noma>

Takehiro Noma is an alumnus of the TOMODACHI Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program and the 66th Japan-America Student Conference. He was born in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. After graduating from Dokkyo University, he worked for a Singaporean advertising agency and the Japanese branch of a Philippine low-cost airline, and is currently working as a Social Content Executive at the Japanese subsidiary of a French advertising agency group. His main responsibilities include running social media and strategy planning for his client companies such as foreign affiliated car manufactures and pharmaceutical companies. Read More>>

<Koh Matsuki>

Koh Matsuki is an alumnus of the TOMODACHI Alumni Internship Program from December 2017 to April 2018. He also served as the Regional Leader of the Kansai-Chugoku-Shikoku Region in 2017 under the TOMODACHI Regional Impact for Social Empowerment (RISE) Program.
He is currently the President of Proxy Watcher, Inc. where he reports and communicates on the front lines of “shareholder activism,” in which shareholders demand change from companies. He supports dialogue between asset managers and non-profit organizations and Japanese companies. He also provides consulting services to listed companies on ESG strategies and investor relations. He is a former reporter for the Nihon Keizai Shimbun where he covered corporate finance and activist funds. Read More>>

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
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Applications Open for the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Program 2022

Recruitment is now open for nursing students in Japan for the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Program!

The TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program  aims for the participants to help strengthen disaster nursing in Japan overall, by sharing what they learned with each of their respective regions. Through the approximately six months of training, participants are expected to acquire the skills and knowledge to respond to disasters and emergency situations, and play an active role in their respective regions as future leaders in the field of disaster nursing.

For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2022 (Japan Time)

TOMODACHI Opportunities

Marketing & Communications Manager

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is seeking a Marketing & Communications Manager.

This individual will be primarily responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program to develop the profile and brand of TOMODACHI Initiative and U.S.-Japan Council among a diverse audience and stakeholders, including senior corporate executives, government leaders, program participants, donors, press and the general public.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Interns, U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) & TOMODACHI Initiative (remote)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and the TOMODACHI Initiative are currently seeking interns. The internship offers an exciting environment where interns will be exposed to the non-profit, corporate, and government fields simultaneously. Responsibilities include creating and drafting documents, translation, website management, social media management, newsletter development support, public speaking, communication with program participants, designing presentations and posters, and event planning. Please note that this internship is unpaid.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Interns, TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program (remote)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is currently seeking qualified interns to support the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. The Program produces impactful and innovative programming for program participants who have experienced a TOMODACHI program to take the next step in their journey. The intern will be responsible for assisting the Alumni Manager and participating in various stages of engagement to support the next generation of leaders dedicated to the U.S.-Japan relationship. Our bilingual and bi-cultural team works in a fast-paced environment where strong critical thinking skills and excellent attention to detail are essential. Interns will gain a wide range of experience in various aspects of project management, marketing, social media management. This internship is a great opportunity to learn more about the nonprofit sector, public-private partnerships, and civic engagement. Please note that this internship is unpaid.

For more information, click here.
Please send applications to alumni@usjapancouncil.org.

*The next edition will be out at the end of May 2022, as a combined issue for April and May 2022.

Update from Team TOMODACHI - February & March 2022

For donors, supporters, and friends of the TOMODACHI Initiative and
the TOMODACHI Generation.

Website: www.tomodachi.org
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Email: tomodachi@usjapancouncil.org

Led by the U.S.-Japan Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership 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.
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