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Update from Team TOMODACHI
June 2017

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework: Regional Welcome Events Kick Off Across Japan

As part of the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework, the Regional Welcome Events kicked off across Japan last month aimed at connecting and re-connecting TOMODACHI alumni in the region with one another, but also to welcome in new alumni into the community as each region continues to engage their growing alumni population under the four pillars of alumni empowerment.

Seven events took place in seven areas across Japan: Morioka, Sendai, Koriyama, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Ginowan City in Okinawa from May 20th to 27th 2017. These events were led by the Regional Leaders and Deputies with support from their Regional Mentors, and each team developed programming that fit the needs of their unique TOMODACHI alumni community in their region.

Thanks to these Regional Leaders, Deputies, and Mentors, there are now more opportunities for TOMODACHI Alumni residing in regions across Japan and a network to further engage and support an ever-growing, mutually-inspiring network of future leaders. Read More>>
The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

TOMODACHI Welcomes New Participants for the TOMODACHI Internship Program

On June 12 and 13, 2017, TOMODACHI welcomed new student participants from the United States for the 2017 TOMODACHI Internship Program. Administered by Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) this program is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. The program was created in 2015 to facilitate more Japanese internship opportunities for American students.

This semester, the program welcomed four American university students. Having just completed their first two weeks at their internships, they shared their experiences to date and expressed their excitement about their future in Japan. The four students each work for different host organizations and receive three to four college credits for their internships. Read More>>

Register for the 2017 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.!

The 2017 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from November 11 – 14 with the theme of “Unity in Diversity: Shaping the Future Together.” This year’s conference will focus on developments under the new administration and provide a platform for speakers and attendees to exchange views on how to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship. Discussion topics will highlight governmental and security issues, business and growth opportunities, promoting diverse leadership and a more global talent, strengthening multi-sector partnerships, and more. Hundreds of distinguished American and Japanese leaders from all sectors will attend, providing a unique opportunity for learning and networking. For more information and to register, click here
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Voices of the TOMODACHI Generation

The programs that Aya Kawamura has participated in include 2017 TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University Program and TOMODACHI Alumni Disaster Resilience Program: Kobe Workshop.

1. How did you hear about the TOMODACHI Initiative and the program(s) you participated in?

I heard about my first TOMODACHI program, TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University, during a lab visit at my university. I told the professor that I was looking for an opportunity to not only study abroad but to also to gain an experience that is a little more unique. He then told me about this program. Particularly since my major is part of STEM, I immediately decided to give this program a try. Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events
Jun. 30 - Jul. 8

Jul. 21 - Aug. 11

Aug. 5 - 20

Aug. 7 - Aug. 25
TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program: American delegation visits Japan (Iwate and Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Summer 2017 SoftBank Leadership Program: 100 Tohoku high school students learn about leadership in Berkeley, California

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program 2017: Nursing students from Tohoku travel to New York, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey to learn about disaster nursing in the U.S.

TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program 2017: Eighteen Japanese university students and young professionals visit Seattle, Washington to participate in a three-week experiential leadership training program
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Disaster Resilience Training Program: Deepening Knowledge of Disaster Preparedness
The third TOMODACHI Alumni Disaster Resilience Training Program: Kobe Workshop took place from June 3 – 4, 2017. Begun in 2016, the training program will take place a total of 5 times. The program has three goals: to endow TOMODACHI Alumni with knowledge and experience of disaster preparedness; to prepare students willing to volunteer in disaster situations; and to give an opportunity to TOMODACHI Alumni to connect and work together. This was the third workshop after the first in January 2016 in Tokyo, and the second in July 2016 in Ishinomaki. 19 TOMODACHI Alumni from various regions in Japan participated in the Kobe workshop, more than half of whom experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Alumni Learning Journey on Leadership: Alumni Get Together to Learn about Leadership

On June 17-18, 2017, Regional Leaders, Deputy Regional Leaders, and the TOMODACHI Generation Summit Core Committee came together from all across Japan for a leadership training session focusing on reflection of the Regional Welcome Events, goal-setting and skills-building for the next Regional Theme Event and TOMODACHI Generation Summit, and strengthening the peer-to-peer support between the alumni community. The training was led by World In Tohoku (WIT) Mio Yamamoto, alumna of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program.

This two-day workshop was composed of five parts: 1) Reflection, 2) Leadership Journey, 3) Four Pillars of the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program, 4) Dialogue, and 5) Event Planning and Mentoring. Read More>>

Applications Now Open for the TOMODACHI Alumni Disaster Resilience Training Program: Tokyo Workshop!

On September 2-3, 2017 the 4th workshop of the TOMODACHI Alumni Disaster Resilience Training Program will take place in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

This training is supported by The Prudential Foundation and implemented by Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center and JISP.

The program gives alumni a chance to experience Disaster Risk Reduction volunteer work through actual hands-on training at the Shinjuku Bosai Festa that many people will attend that include children, foreigners, and disabilities. Those interested in learning about disaster response, disaster preparedness, and disaster resilience training are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, click here.

Application Deadline: July 28th, 2017 11:59pm (JST)

Save the Date: TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2017!
We invite all university students and young professional alumni of programs and events managed and funded by the TOMODACHI Initiative since our founding in 2011 to join the TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2017. The Summit will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Showa Women’s University. The Summit promotes and deepens ties between TOMODACHI alumni and provides alumni a platform to develop successful future engagements in Japan and the United States. For more information, click here.
Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested. 
Applications Now Open for the Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program!

The Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is currently recruiting candidates for its 2018 program, which will take place from February 17 – March 5, 2018 (tentative).

The Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is an intensive, two-week program designed for Japanese and American students with an interest in leadership training, cross-cultural exchange, and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social challenges. This program is generously funded by Morgan Stanley Japan Holdings Co., Ltd. For more information or to apply, click here.

Applications Open for the 2017 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program!
The TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)  offers Japanese American leaders of the next generation an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, design and implement original USJC programming, and foster powerful, lifelong personal and professional friendships.

Every year, young leaders aged 24 – 35 are selected to attend the USJC Annual Conference, and join program alumni in bridging the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. For more information or to apply, click here.

Application Deadline: July 2, 2017, 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 Fall. U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and TOMODACHI offer 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 - June 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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