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Update from Team TOMODACHI
October 2018

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program: Japanese Delegates Experience “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership” in Boston and Washington, D.C.

From September 18 to 23, 2018, ten Japanese delegates traveled to Boston, Massachusetts and Washington,D.C. through the 2018 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program. The first stop was Boston, America’s top ranked location for digital innovation, with visits and meetings at the Massachusetts State House, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the Barr Foundation, Mass Robotics, Cambridge Innovation Center, Greentown Labs, and Babson College.

The Boston visit concluded with a dinner reception graciously hosted by Consul General Rokuichiro Michii, attended by over 40 community leaders and other distinguished guests. Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

The Post-Program Seminar of the TOMODACHI  Summer 2018 Softbank Leadership Program Held in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

On October 14, 2018, more than 90 alumni of the "TOMODACHI Summer 2018 Softbank Leadership Program” participated in a Post-Program Seminar in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. (High school students selected from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures learned about the methods and leadership necessary for regional community contribution in Berkeley, California for about three weeks beginning in late July. For the details of the summer program, click here.)

A practical workshop for high school students was led by Mr. Masato Ikeda, Senior Director of CSR Division, Human Resources & General Affairs Unit, SoftBank Corp., Executive Board Member of the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation. Read More>>

Japanese and American Foster Youth Leaders Exchange and Learn Leadership in their Respective Countries 

From the end of July to the end of September 2018, the TOMODACHI Foster Youth Leadership Program was held, providing a total of twelve youths (seven Americans and five Japanese) with the opportunity to travel to one another’s countries. Inspired by this year’s theme, “Transition and Foster Care,” the participants engaged in child welfare facility tours and discussions with caregivers and other stakeholders. 

From July 31 to August 12, 2018, the Japanese youths visited the U.S., where the participants learned about the basic legal structure of the U.S. child welfare system and gained first-hand knowledge of various foster care services in the region, such as education, employment, mental health, and preparation for independence. At the “International Child Welfare Learning Collaborative” event held at the University of Washington, the Japanese and American youths shared their foster care experiences and presented on the United States’ and Japan’s respective child welfare and independent living programs. Read More>>

2018 TOMODACHI CIE Grassroots Summit: High School Students Form Nara Prefecture Attend the 28th Japan-American Grassroots Summit in Seattle and Washington

For eight days, from September 18 to 25, 2018, 15 students from Nara Unebi High School, along with three chaperones, joined the 28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit in Seattle and Washington, as part of the 2018 TOMODACHI CIE Grassroots Summit. Last year, students from Unebi High School hosted students from the Youth Commission of Macon-Bibb County (MBC), Georgia, during the 27th Japan-America Grassroots Summit 2017 in Nara.

This one-week Grassroots Exchange Program provided the Japanese students with an opportunity to learn about the history of U.S.-Japan exchange and the Japanese-American community by visiting sites in the area, such as the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington and the Nisei Veterans Center, in addition to attending the Japan-America Grassroots Summit. Read More>>

Twelve American and Japanese Young Professionals Selected to Participate in the 2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program 

The members of the 2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program have been selected and announced. In its ninth year, the program will bring 12 Japanese American young professionals to Tokyo for the 2018 USJC Annual Conference. The Emerging 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.

JAPAN PREMIERE OF "AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA & HIS LEGACY"  November 09, 2018, 4pm - 6pm | Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

In conjunction with the 2018 USJC Annual Conference, join us for the Japan premiere of An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy and panel featuring Secretary Norman Mineta.

Presented by Mineta Legacy Project, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council, the documentary film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, chronicles the life and career of Secretary Norman Mineta (Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors), an Asian American pioneer who rose to the highest levels of public service. 

There will be a light reception following the panel. This screening is free and open to the public, with Japanese subtitles, but registration is required.
Click here for more information and to register and here to see the film trailer.

Upcoming Programs and Events

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November 17

November 20     

November 30

December 1-2 

December 7

December 8

December 14

December 15―16


TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session3 (Osaka and Naha,Okinawa)

TOMODACHI Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program Final Session (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session3 (Sapporo, Hokkaido)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session3 (Tokyo)

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

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session4 (Sapporo, Hokkaido and Naha, Okinawa)

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

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session4 (Tokyo and Osaka)

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

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework: Theme Event in Kanto Region(Team A)

On September 30, 2018, as part of the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework, roughly 20 people participated in a them event, "TOMOtivated"-held in Tokyo by the Kanto Region Team A. This event was planned to support alumni looking for additional motivation for their projects, with activities based on alumni comments such as, “I have not been able to implement plans that I have;” "I want ideas and support from other people in order to implement my project;" or "I want to hear other project ideas and plans." This event was open to not only TOMODACHI Alumni, but also to other youth who have ideas and want to take action. 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. 

In November 2018, 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!

Application Open: November 1, 2018
Deadline: November 20, 2018 at 23:59 Japan Standard Time
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 - October 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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