The TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program is designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of young American and Japanese leaders to be active in U.S.-Japan relations. This bicultural experience provides outstanding young leaders with unique access to leaders in the U.S.-Japan arena and the opportunity to broaden their perspectives to enhance work or initiatives in their professional fields.
Generously funded by Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the 2013 delegations will each be composed of ten professionals from the business and government sectors, with the target age range of 35 and younger. Delegates will be leaders, active in their respective fields, and committed to addressing local, regional, or global community concerns. By program design, participants will represent broad geographic diversity through different target cities each year.
- Read the press release announcing the 2013 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program
GOALS OF THE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
- Raise awareness of important policies and issues relevant to the United States and Japan among next generation leaders throughout both countries.
- Forge a shared and enduring commitment among young leaders in both countries to address concerns common to global communities from the U.S.-Japan perspective.
- Create a professional network among rising business and government leaders throughout Japan and the United States.
- Motivate young American and Japanese leaders to engage in and contribute to U.S.-Japan relations.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE 2013 DELEGATIONS
- Recognized as leaders or active in their respective fields
- Committed to addressing concerns common to regional, national, or global communities from the U.S.-Japan perspective
- Preference for candidates 35 and younger
- For 2013 participants, priority consideration will be given, but not limited to:
- American applicants who reside in the following cities: Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu, San Jose, and Seattle
- Japanese applicants who reside in the following prefectures: Fukushima, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Saga, and Shizuoka (Japanese participants must be proficient in English)
The 2013 delegations will be composed of young American and Japanese leaders who have demonstrated interest in or commitment to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. The U.S.-Japan Council will approve the final ten delegates from each country taking into consideration recommendations made by various government, private, and corporate advisors. Delegates will be encouraged to stay connected with each other and with U.S.-Japan relations following their participation in this program.
Notwithstanding, candidates who do not meet all of the above criteria may still be considered if they demonstrate outstanding qualifications.
Ten Japanese from both business and government sectors, preferably 35 and younger will be selected to travel to Seattle, Washington and Washington, D.C. for one week from September 8–16 to engage as a group and meet with top and up-and-coming American leaders in the business and government sectors.
The 2013 leadership delegations will focus on trade, energy, infrastructure, and technology areas of U.S.-Japan cooperation.
Guest speakers and discussion panelists are composed of key government officials and business executives. Meeting platforms are designed to be interactive and engaging, giving participants an opportunity to discuss and formulate ideas collectively and to develop lifelong friendships. The trip also enables delegates to gain greater understanding of multicultural America and the unique qualities of Japanese society, serving to further bridge cultures between our two countries.
The Japanese delegation will travel to the United States September 8-16, 2013. Attendance at the two-day orientation program in Tokyo August 2-3, 2013 is mandatory for all delegates who will travel to the United States. The itinerary will include Seattle and Washington, D.C. Transportation, hotel, and meals will be provided. Delegates are required to attend all meetings and events during the trip. As a rule, spouses and family members are not permitted to accompany delegates during the official trip.
As time/schedules permit, participants from both delegations will meet during their respective trips to the other country and may also observe other TOMODACHI Initiative activities in progress. Selected individuals may participate as speakers at TOMODACHI, U.S.-Japan Council, or Mitsui & Co., Ltd. events.
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OVERVIEW OF SPONSORS AND PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS
MITSUI & CO., LTD.
Mitsui (Mitsui & Co., Ltd.) is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 151 offices in 67 countries/regions as of April 2013. Utilizing our global operating locations, network and information resources, we are multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the following fields: Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources, Infrastructure Projects, Motor Vehicles & Construction Machinery, Marine & Aerospace, Chemicals, Energy, Food Resources, Food Products & Services, Consumer Services, IT, Financial & New Business and Transportation Logistics. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world. For more information, visit www.mitsui.com/jp/en.
The U.S.-Japan Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific. The Council promotes people-to-people relations as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship. Recognizing the catalytic role that Japanese Americans play in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, the Council cultivates a national network of Japanese. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative. The U.S.-Japan Council maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan. For more information about the U.S.-Japan Council, visit www.usjapancouncil.org.
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs. For more information about the TOMODACHI Initiative, visit www.usjapantomodachi.org.