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Update from Team TOMODACHI
October 2017

The fifth TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference convened in Chicago, bringing together American and Japanese students together for a unique leadership training

From October 20-22, 2017, forty-one students (twenty Japanese and twenty-one non-Japanese) from across the Midwest convened in Chicago, Illinois for the fifth TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference.
The conference enables Japanese and American undergraduate and graduate students currently studying at a U.S. college or university to come together for leadership and development training. The conference also aims to strengthen and encourage a sense of community among students in the region, enhance cross-cultural awareness, and build the people-to-people ties that are important to the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. This year’s conference was titled “Industry, Investment and Cross-Cultural Engagement: Developing Leaders for the Future of U.S.-Japan relations in the Midwest.” The participants’ fields of study varied widely, including Computer Science, International Studies and Business among many other. Read More>>

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program Concludes With Japanese Delegation’s Return From Houston, Texas and Washington D.C.

On September 18, nine young Japanese professionals representing cities or prefectures from across Japan returned inspired, after spending a week in America in a schedule designed to encourage 'disruptive thinking'. They join a pool of 97 alumni of the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, committed to inspire others as leaders of their generation, contributing to the prosperity and economic vitality of U.S.-Japan relations.
The delegation traveled to Houston, Texas on September 10, just one week after the floods and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, linking thoughts and reflections of the Great East Earthquake on March 11 in 2011 and more recently, the Northern Kyushu Flood in July 2017.  The resilience of Houstonians however, impressed everyone and the schedule of meetings and activities proceeded nearly intact. Read More>>
The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

American and Japanese Foster Youth Leaders Inspire One Another to Improve Child Welfare Systems in their Respective Countries

On September 16, 2017, the participants of the TOMODACHI Foster Youth Leadership Program took part in the TOMODACHI-IFCA Youth Summit in Tokyo. The Summit hosted approximately 100 participants, including foster youths, social workers, child protection facility directors, foster parents and other child welfare professionals.

From August 4 to August 13, six Japanese youths visited Seattle, Washington, and from September 8 to September 17, six American youths visited Japan to participate in the study-tours and observe one another’s culture. Read More>>

Twelve American and Japanese Young Professionals Selected to Participate in the 2017 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

The members of the 2017 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program have been selected and announced. In its eighth year, the program will take 12 Japanese American young professionals to Washington D.C. to take part in the 2017 USJC Annual Conference. At the conference, the leaders will participate in a leadership orientation program, network with high level leaders, attend all conference events and participate in the Annual Members Meeting.
For more information on the leaders including the bios, please click here.

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 13 to 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
Register Now
Upcoming Programs and Events
Nov. 2

Nov. 13-14

Nov. 17

Nov. 23

Nov. 24

Nov. 25-27

Nov. 30
TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program:Naha Session 3

U.S.-Japan Council Eighth Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program:Tokyo Session 4

The U.S. Embassy- Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Business Plan Competition:Final Session

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program:Fukuoka Session 3

TOMODACHI Disaster Resilience Training Program, World Bosai Forum in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program:Osaka Session 3
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework theme event in Tohoku-Hokkaido Region; the TOMODACHI booth at the Sendai World Festa 2017 in Sendai
On September 18, 2017, Regional Leaders from the Tohoku-Hokkaido Region Team 1 hosted a TOMODACHI Booth at the Sendai Chikyu (World) Festa 2017 in Sendai, as part of the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. The event showcased different themes from each region.

At the TOMODACHI Booth, 13 alumni shared their TOMODACHI experiences, stories, and the impact the program had on their lives. More than 80 people stopped by the booth over six hours (10am – 4pm), with many commenting, “I want to know more about the TOMODACHI program” and “I wish I had known about TOMODACHI earlier.” Read More>>

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework theme event in Kanto Region; Enah English

On October 1, 2017, the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Kanto Region Team 1 held an event titled, “Enah (pronounced eenah) English,” in Yokohama as part of a TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework theme event.

Theme events enable each TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Leader and sub-leader to plan and host an event in which they address their respective communities’ challenges and needs. 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.

Application Open: November 1st
Deadline: November 22, 2017 at 23:59 Japan Standard Time
For more information and to apply: click here.
Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested. 
Apply Now: 2017 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University for Female Students

The 2018 TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students is a five-week research internship program for ten female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in science & engineering (S&E). Held at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. The program will enable students to gain real world experience with S&E research, provide an introduction to U.S. higher education and provide opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with U.S. students. The program will serve as a catalyst for female Japanese students interested in S&E study and research and engagement with the U.S. through international research collaborations.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2017 at midnight (by 11:59 PM, Japan time)
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 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 - October 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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