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Update from Team TOMODACHI
June 2018

Own Your Life, Design Your Future” United Guests to Celebrate the 2017-2018 TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program

The 2017-2018 TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP) Annual Conference “Own Your Life, Design Your Future” united guests around a common goal to challenge the status quo. This year marked the 5th anniversary of the program, in which 438 women have taken part since 2013. To celebrate, the TMWLP Alumni Community was launched to provide support to program alumni, a key step to further advancing women’s empowerment in Japan.
Speakers inspired participants to take ownership of their careers. Joy Sakurai, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate Fukuoka, shared the story of how the program was born under her leadership. Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

TOMODACHI Welcomes New Participants for the TOMODACHI Internship Program

On May 28, 2018, TOMODACHI welcomed new students to the TOMODACHI Internship Program. In a gathering held on June 12, 2018 at Temple University Japan Campus, the students were introduced to the TOMODACHI Initiative and its mission.

This semester, the program welcomed two 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 two students each work for different host organizations and receive three to four college credits for their internships.

Emily Yocom, a senior from Pennsylvania State University, is majoring in international affairs. This summer, she is interning at Minato City Hall, where her bilingual English and Japanese skills have been a huge asset. Read More>>

Register for the 2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Tokyo!

The 2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference will be held in Tokyo from November 8 - 9 with the theme of “Partnering for Impact Today, Investing in a Sustainable Tomorrow.” This year, since 2015, USJC returns to Tokyo to discuss how the United States and Japan can build a sustainable future together. The Conference will explore ways to collaborate towards mutual goals like supporting women leaders, and face common challenges like aging populations and security issues in Asia. For more information and to register, click here.

Now Available: 2017 TOMODACHI Annual Report!

Find out about all of TOMODACHI's 2017 programs and activities through our newly released annual report. Click here to take a look!

Upcoming Programs and Events

May – July               

July 5 – 13                      

July 5 – 15                           

July 6 – 14                     

July 12 – 14                         

July 20 – August 10           

July 26 – August 9   

August 1 – 24   

August 5 – 16    


August  14 – 22      

August  17 – 29

US Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar Pre-Seminars (throughout Japan)

TOMODACHI NAJAS Grassroots Exchange-San Antonio/KumamotoKumamoto

Space Camp Supported by TOMODACHI Initiative (Tsukuba, Ibaragi and Huntsville, Alabama)

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program American Delegation visits Japan (Miyagi Prefecture and Tokyo)

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program Japanese Delegates Orientation (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Summer 2018 SoftBank Leadership Program (Berkeley, California)

7th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program (Los Angeles ,California)

TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation Leadership Program Seattle Trip (Seattle, Washington)

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program U.S. Study TourWashington D.C., New York and New Jersey

HLAB Tohoku Summer School (Onagawa, Miyagi)

TOMODACHI Honda Global Leadership Program (Los Angeles ,California and Ohio)

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event
in Tohoku-Hokkaido Region

There are three teams in the Tohoku-Hokkaido Region. On May 27, the Iwate team and the Fukushima team held their events, and the Miyagi team held their event on June 3. The Iwate team led by Regional Leaders Mio Kakuchi and Kazumasa Motomiya, both alumni of the TOMODACHI Summer Softbank Leadership Program,with support from Regional Mentor Kazunori Ishii, held an event in Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture. The event focused on their local communities, and rediscovering charm as well as the challenges of their hometown through having participants experience Iwate's culture.  Read More>>

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event
in Kanto

On May 20, two Regional Teams representing the Kanto Region brought together alumni of the TOMODACHI Generation for two back-to-back events throughout the day. 
In the morning, Team A led by Regional Leaders Naoya Tosaka, alumnus of the TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation Leadership Program and Ryotaro Morimoto, alumnus of the TOMODACHI U.S. Japan Youth Exchange Program with support from Regional Mentor Steve Sakanashi, gathered together 12 alumni to spend a relaxing time, enjoying meals at the café with the concept of "Eat, Meet, Seat”, reviewing the experiences of their programs and reaffirming the relationship with TOMODACHI and its alumni community.  Read More>>

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event
in Kansai Region

On May 13, the first regional Welcome Event of the year, “TAKOPA de TOMODACHI” was held in Osaka. This event, which was targeted at alumni from the Kansai region, gave participants the opportunity to meet other TOMODACHI alumni. Considering the appeal of Kansai, the event was held with the aim of promoting future TOMODACHI events in the region. During the first half of the event, the participants talked about the cities they were from, local events, and their dreams in an ice breaker. Afterwards, they discussed the big events scheduled in Kansai using slides (G20 Summit, Kansai World Masters Game 2021, promotional events for the 2025 Osaka Expo) so they would learn about Kansai’s appeal and potential. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event
in Okinawa Region

On June 2, the regional Welcome Event, focusing on two alumni program pillars: “Connectedness & Sustainability” and “Workforce Readiness” was held in Ginowan City in Okinawa. The Okinawa Regional Leaders Narumi Goya and Haruka Morikawa, both alumnae of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program,with support from Regional Mentor Mai Taira, welcomed 16 alumni. The event was titled “TOMO Talk”, and it welcomed three young professional alumni who represent various fields and industries (hospitality, beverage manufacturing, medical interpretation, and public service), as well as a representative from the U.S. Consulate General Naha, who support the TOMODACHI activities locally. Just under 20 people were in attendance with a mix of ages and professions. Read More>>

Alumni Meet with Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s former Ambassador to the United States at the 14th U.S.-Japan Council Business Advisory Board Meeting

On June 11,four alumni from different TOMODACHI programs attended the 14th U.S.-Japan Council Business Advisory Board (USJC BAB) Meeting. Held in Tokyo at the Tokyo American Club, the meeting was attended by over 70 guests including special guest Kenichiro Sasae, Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America. Tadashi Koyama, alumnus of the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, said of Ambassador Sasae: “I was particularly impressed by his pragmatic approach in leading to shape U.S.-Japan relations for many years, as well as his excellent sense of humor.” Read More>>

Register for the TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2018!

The 2018 TOMODACHI Generation Summit will gather over 500 people, including university students and young professionals from the United States and Japan who are alumni of various TOMODACHI programs.

This Summit will be planned and executed by a core committee of seven alumni with support from various alumni as speakers, workshop facilitators, volunteers, and regional representatives; thus making the Summit a signature program of the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program that is created by alumni, for alumni. Read More>>

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested. 
Now Recruiting for the 2018 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 15, 2018, 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Now Accepting Applications 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 2019 program, which will take place from February 16 – March 4, 2019 (tentative).

Students attending the U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI) member universities (Doshisha University, Keio University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Ritsumeikan University, Sophia University, The University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba, and Waseda University) are eligible to apply by early July (freshmen and sophomores preferred; deadlines vary among the 9 member universities).

For more information and to apply: 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. 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 2018

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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