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Update from Team TOMODACHI
February 2017

High Schoolers in Fukushima Offer Fellow Students an Opportunity to Envision their Future Selves

From January 28 to 29, 2017, an event titled “Building Your Identity & Future LIVE” was held at a cultural center in Iwaki-city, Fukushima, as part of the fourth and final phase of the TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program, supported by the TOMODACHI Combini Fund. The event was an opportunity for the program’s participants, women in their junior year of high school, to present their experiences and lessons learned over the course of the six-month program to 140 high school sophomore students.  Read More>>
The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

Two Teams Receive the TOMODACHI Social Entrepreneurship Award at the University Venture Grand Prix Competition 2016 (UVGP2016)

On January 22, 2017, the University Venture Grand Prix Competition 2016 (UVGP 2016), hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), was held in the Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus. Ten teams who successfully won the preliminary contests had an opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges composed of entrepreneurs, professors, and leaders from various fields. This year, the TOMODACHI Social Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes business plans that focus on social good, was awarded to Ciamo and to Common ice plant. Mr. Hajime Sugiura, Manager of the Corporate Planning Division, ETIC, and Mr. Ryan Way, Economic Officer, Trade and Economic Policy Unit, U.S. Embassy, presented the award on behalf of the judges and provided commentary. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program: Debriefing Session

On February 5th, a debriefing session took place in Fukushima City for the students who participated in the TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program 2017. The program sent 20 Japanese high school students from Fukushima to Los Angeles, California from December 26, 2016 to January 9, 2017. The participants saw each other for the first time since the program ended, and enjoyed catching up on each other’s lives before the session began. Read More>>
Upcoming Programs and Events
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Fukushima University students travel to Houston on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars

Miyagi University of Education travel to Jackson, Mississippi on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars Program

Kyushu University students travel to Hawaii on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars

TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program Final Session Okinawa and Sapporo

University Venture Grand Prix Program participants visit Silicon Valley in California

Reception celebrating Partnerships of the TOMODACHI Initiative in fostering next generation leaders at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Leaders orientation in Tokyo
University of Massachusetts Boston visit Japan on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars

University of St. Thomas students visit Japan on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars  

Jackson State University students visit Japan on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars

Alumni participate in the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy in Miyagi prefecture (Tohoku) 

Mentees on the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program visit Washington, DC on the U.S. Trip

University of Hawaii at Manoa students visit Japan on the TOMODACHI Kakehashi Inouye Scholars

TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference in Boston
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
Rebranding Fukushima through the “Power of Scent” 
How do you want to change Fukushima? Who do you want to tell about all the great things in Fukushima? Where do you want to communicate this message? These questions are part of the “Fukushima Scent Link Project,” in which students from Fukushima discussed ways to rebrand their prefecture through the power of scent. TOMODACHI alumni also participated in this project, which began in October 2016 and held the final of three sessions on February 5th. Yumeka Watanabe, one of the TOMODACHI alumni who participated in the project, reflected on the experience and said, “By participating in the project, I learned that smell is the most important sense for humans. Smell is associated with memory and attitude, and when people smell a scent, they stop and start a conversation. I’m happy that I was able to share the experience and spend time with people from my hometown. I’m glad I was able to develop my post-college plans through this project as well.” Read More>> 
TOMODACHI Alumna wins the “New-Tohoku” Reconstruction and Creation Award
Yuki Terasaki, an alumna of the TOMODACHI Summer Softbank Leadership Program, won the “New-Tohoku” Reconstruction and Creation Award, which honors individuals and groups tackling issues in disaster-affected areas, such as the declining population and stagnant economy. Yuki was recognized in the individual category for her “Kamaishi Magnet Nurie Project” initiative, which decorates the walls of temporary housing units with colorful magnets in the hopes of increasing a sense of attachment among its residents. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Alumna Attends a Round Table Hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
Mikiko joined the TOMODACHI Generation in 2014 when she participated in the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program where she learned about the importance of mentorship that has inspired her to pursue further opportunities related to women’s empowerment in Japan. Mikiko also took part in the TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University Program where she learned a numerical simulation method which she wanted to apply to her research from Professor Tezduyar Tayfun at Rice University who is an authority of the method. On February 7, 2017, Mikiko attended a round table hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and shared her experiences on the two TOMODACHI programs in which she participated. Read More>>
Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested. 
Now Recruiting for the TOMODACHI Summer 2017 SoftBank Leadership Program
The TOMODACHI Initiative and SoftBank Group Corp. (hereafter “SBG”) are pleased to announce the “TOMODACHI Summer 2017 SoftBank Leadership Program” that will take place from July 21, 2017 to August 10, 2017 (dates are tentative). Fully funded by SBG, this program will send 100 Japanese high school students from the disaster affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima to the University of California, Berkeley for an intensive three-week workshop focused on community service and leadership development. The goal is for the participants to utilize what they learned on the program to strengthen their local communities in Tohoku and to become active leaders after returning to Japan. For more information, click here.
Recruiting for the TOMODACHI MUFG 2017 International Exchange Program 
TOMODACHI Initiative and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) are recruiting American high school students to participate in the 6th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program! Twenty students enrolled in high schools in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and River Side Counties will be selected to participate in the 6th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program. This program will send students to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and the Tohoku region) for a two-week program from Saturday, June 24 to Sunday, July 9, 2017. For more information, click here.
Application Now Open! TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program
We are now recruiting 10 American and 10 Japanese young professionals from the public and private sectors to participate in the 2017 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program! The TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program contributes to building a “TOMODACHI generation” of creative thinkers and driven doers who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations, understand and appreciate cultural differences, and possess the globally-oriented skills and mindset needed to thrive and make a difference.Generously funded by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and entering its fifth year, the exchange program provides participants with unique access to leaders in the U.S.-Japan arena, and the opportunity to broaden their perspectives to enhance work or initiatives in their professional fields. Selected through a competitive process, participants represent geographic and professional diversity. For more information, click here.
Recruiting for the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program 2017
Recruitment is now open for Japanese nursing students in Tohoku for the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program 2017! This program aims to support capacity building of nurses in the Tohoku region by focusing on the field of disaster medicine. In it’s third year, ten nursing students from the Tohoku region and one mentor will be selected to participate in the program. Your text caption goes here. You can change the position of the caption and set styles in the block’s settings tab. For more information, click here.
TOMODACHI Opportunities

Marketing & Communications Manager (Tokyo Office)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and the TOMODACHI Initiative is seeking a Marketing & Communications Manager that will develop and implement a comprehensive strategic communications program to develop the profile and brand of TOMODACHI among a diverse audience and stakeholders, including senior corporate executives, government leaders, recipients of support, donors, press and the general public. For more information and to apply, click here.

Intern, U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) & TOMODACHI Initiative (Tokyo Office)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and the TOMODACHI Initiative is seeking unpaid interns for this Spring and Summer. U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and TOMODACHI offers an exciting environment for interns to be exposed to non-profit, corporate, and government fields. Responsibilities for interns 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. For more information and to apply, click here.

Update from Team TOMODACHI - February 2017

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



Led by the U.S.-Japan Council, and the United States Embassy 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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