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Update from Team TOMODACHI
November 2018

The U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference 2018: Three Alumni Representing the TOMODACHI Generation Share Thier Stories 

From November 8 to 9, 2018, the 2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference was held in Tokyo. This year's conference was themed “Partnering for Impact Today, Investing in a Sustainable Tomorrow” and was attended by more than 700 American and Japanese leaders from all sectors. Three TOMODACHI alumni, Juan Hernandez, Mio Kakuchi, Toshiko Kudo, had the opportunity to speak at one of the Annual Conference Plenary Sessions, "The TOMODACHI Generation: Next Generation Leaders Shaping our Future” on November 8, and share their experiences during the TOMODACHI Programs.

Mio Kakuchi talked about the broadening of her perspectives and finding a new dream through the TOMODACHI program. “People who I have met through the TOMODACHI are my textbooks. They teach me a lot of skills I don’t have. TOMODACHI significantly changed me. I was able to have confidence and came to enjoy interacting with people.” Read More>>

TOMODACHI Workshop Held at the 2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

On November 7, 2018, more than 50 TOMODACHI alumni (past program participants) and current scholars of the U.S.-Japan Council’s the Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program, who are studying abroad at universities in Japan, gathered at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo to attend the TOMODACHI Workshop held in conjunction with the 2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference.

The goal of the Workshop was to hone the skills of participants as next-generation leaders, and to clarify the objectives of taking part in the Annual Conference. To begin, Jo Morita, from the Innovation Office at Prudential, which provides generous support to the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program, and Nate Gyotoku, alumnus of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), gave talks on networking in Japan and the United States. Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program 2018 Final Report Session: Participants Present Their Findings and Lessons Learned from the Program

On November 17, 2018, the final report session of the TOMODADHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program 2018 took place at the NPO ETIC. in Tokyo. Participants spent a day, presenting their leanings through the program, as well as the projects they implemented.  

Ayaka Kusada, one of the participants, spoke about the impact this program has had on herself. She expressed, "I used to think I had to tackle challenges and struggles born from my own experiences to make a positive change. Through this program, I have realized it is more important to feel more happiness in my life and to make other people happier." Her speech set the tone for this event, which was themed around people-to-people connections and living life with purpose. Read More>>

TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima STEP 2: Students Learn from Exchange Students in Japan and Present their own Challenges

STEP 2 of the TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima 2018, supported by the TOMODACHI Combini Fund took place on October 27 and 28, 2018 in Fukushima Prefecture. As part of STEP 2, themed “challenge,” the participants met with 20 foreign exchange students studying in Japan from 11 countries, including the United States. The foreign exchange students, who worked hard to surmount difficulties such as strong family opposition or a lack of financial means while they were studying abroad, share the own life stories to the participants.

After listening to the foreign students’ stories, the participants contemplated and presented “their own new challenges” that they will be required to overcome by the time STEP 3 occurs. The participants’ goals varied from “talking to people whom I have never talked to at least twice a day” and “talking to people who are working in the field I hope to work in and making a report in English.” Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events

December 1-2 

December 7

December 8

December 14

December 15

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program Post Trip Symposium (Sendai, Miyagi)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program  Session 4 (Sapporo, Hokkaido and Naha, Okinawa)

U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar Final Session (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program  Session 4 (Tokyo and Osaka)

TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima STEP 3 (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework: Regional Theme Events Held Across Japan

From October to November, 2018, as part of the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework, Regional Theme Events were held in Sendai, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka. The Kanto region held the event, “TOMODACHI Book Making Event,” to ascertain the steps needed to reach each person’s life goals, and in Kyushu, alumni joined a parade to show their support for LGBTQ and minority rights and issues. These events were led by the Regional Leaders with support from their Regional Mentors, and each team developed programming that fit the needs of their unique TOMODACHI alumni community in their region. 

The Tohoku-Hokkaido Region (Miyagi team), Read More>>
The Kanto Region (Team B), Read More>>
The Kansai Region, Read More>>
The Kyusyu Region, Read More>>

Apply Now: 2019 TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Leader

The TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework is a platform to connect the TOMODACHI alumni. Japan is divided into seven regions represented by ten teams, each team consists of two Regional Leaders supported by a Regional Mentor who are all TOMODACHI Alumni. 

We will select two Regional Leaders (Regional Lead & Deputy Lead OR Co-Leaders) in each region to create activities and opportunities with support from their Regional Mentor by connecting with fellow alumni and the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to address the needs and challenges in their respective regions and communities. Help us energize and inspire members of the TOMODACHI Generation in your region by developing new events to bring opportunities to your regions and communities. If you are interested becoming a leader within your region, please apply!

Deadline: December 13, 2018 at 23:59 Japan Standard Time
For more information and to apply: click here

TOMODACHI Opportunities

TOMODACHI Women’s Leadership Program Manager  -Part-time(Tokyo Office)

The TOMODACHI Women’s Leadership Program Manager oversees the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP) in all aspects, from program development, to marketing, to implementation, and through reporting. 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.

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 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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