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Update from Team TOMODACHI
November 2017

Transformed by TOMODACHI: Alumni share stories at the 2017 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

TOMODACHI can provide transformative experiences. On November 13th, eight TOMODACHI alumni from both the United States and Japan were selected to share their stories and lead discussions at the 8th U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C. Their experiences ranged in topics of mentorship, leadership, women’s empowerment, reconnecting with your passion, the importance of higher education, of storytelling, and of giving back to your community.
Yuka Iwabuchi, attended 14 different TOMODACHI programs and alumni programs since first joining in 2013 on the TOMODACHI Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors Program supported by the Fund for Exchanges. She started off by explaining that she gets the question “What does TOMODACHI mean to you?” a lot these days and explained her answer. Read More>>

Female high school students from Fukushima Prefecture learned from exchanges students in Japan, and presented their own challenges to overcome

Step 2 of the TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima 2017, supported by the TOMODACHI Combini Fund, took place on October 27 and 28, 2017. Supported by FamilyMart Co., Ltd. and Lawson, Inc. companies (which make up the TOMODACHI Combini Fund), this six month program consists of four sessions.

As part of the Step 2 themed “challenge,” the participants met with 20 foreign exchange students studying in Japan from 13 countries, including the United States. The foreign exchange students worked together with university student mentors to present their dreams and career goals, convey what led them to their decision to study abroad in Japan, and describe the challenges that they overcame in order to study abroad. Although the challenges differed, from such reasons as strong family opposition to lack of financial means, the efforts it took to overcome these difficulties deeply resonated with the female high school students. Read More>>
The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

Over 800 Students and Faculty Inspired by the Young Americans on the TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Music Outreach Program

From September 19 to November 15, 2017, with support from Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd., 38 cast members from the American nonprofit organization Young Americans visited public elementary and junior high schools in the Tohoku region of Iwate and Fukushima prefectures for the TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Music Outreach Program.

In 2017, this music outreach program was held at nine elementary and junior high schools, in which over 800 students and faculty members participated. Participating students made the following remarks after the program ended: “This experience gave me the dream of studying abroad, which I had never even thought about before.” One student said, “I want to study English more.” Another commented, “I gained confidence through the compliments I received from the Young Americans.” Read More>>

Final Session of the 7th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar: The Three Winning Team will participate in Silicon Valley Study Tour next Spring

On November 23, 2017, the final session of the 7th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar took place. The program is funded by the Boeing Company. In the final review, the six teams that were selected to participate from the mid-way review presented their business plans to the committee. Between the September seminar and the final review, the students continued to brush up and improve their business plans by collaborating with mentors and carrying out hearings. The teams developed unique and compelling business plans for the final review.

The three teams will participate in a week-long study tour to Silicon Valley in February of next year. They hope to further advance their business plans by experiencing the United States’ diverse perspectives and values. Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events
Dec. 3

Dec. 16
TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program: Post Trip Symposium in Sendai

TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima: Step 3  Session with Global Career Women in Tokyo
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework theme event in Kyusyu Region
On October 24, 2017, Regional Leaders from the Kyushu Region organized a study abroad (ryugaku) informational event focused on sharing their experiences from the TOMODACHI programs, furthering interest in study abroad, and to promote the importance of gaining an international mindset. The event was kindly hosted by the Fukuoka American Center in Fukuoka City, and held as part of a TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework theme event.

A total of 26 people (half of whom were the TOMODACHI alumni) signed up for the event. Participants consisted of university students and young professionals, and seven different TOMODACHI programs were highlighted as alumni spoke about their experiences and the impact the individual programs have had on their lives. Read More>>
Apply Now TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Leader
The TOMODACHI Generation Regional Framework will change the dynamics of alumni engagement by furthering opportunities for alumni to connect, empower, and inspire one another in their respective regions. We heard your request for a framework that would not only connect you to each other but also provide you with opportunities to design your own events, learn about project management, financial planning, marketing and use of social media, networking skills, presentation skills, mentorship and applied leadership by hands-on training throughout the year to grow into a stronger, more confident leader to catalyze your communities.
Deadline: December 3, 2017 at 23:59 Japan Standard Time
For more information and to apply: click here.
Apply for a TOMODACHI Grant 
The TOMODACHI is looking for programs that aligns with its mission and vision.  The first deadline for the TOMODACHI Grant application is on January 15, 2018. For more information and to apply: click here.
TOMODACHI Opportunities

Program Manager (Tokyo Office)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) seeks a Program Manager who is responsible for helping to find, select, develop, manage, monitor and evaluate TOMODACHI programs, including managing relationships with implementing organizations. The Program Manager will work with individuals from the U.S.-Japan Council, the U.S. Embassy and other key TOMODACHI team members in the implementation of this mission. For more information and to apply, click here .

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.

Program Coordinator (Tokyo Office)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is seeking a staff candidate to provide general operational support for programs implemented and managed by the TOMODACHI Initiative. TOMODACHI offers various educational, cultural, and leadership programs to foster the “TOMODACHI Generation,” a group of next generation leaders with global skills that contribute to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. Staff in this position will work with partners in both the public and private sectors to create a positive impact on society. 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 - November 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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