Endorsing the spirit of the TOMODACHI Initiative, Sumitomo Corporation have launched a university-leve
The TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program provides assistance to high-achieving university students with financial need to enable them to study abroad for one year. Sumitomo Corporation’s support is aimed at helping to develop globally-minded young leaders who will serve as active bridges between Japan and the United States.
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TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program 2016
Ten Japanese university students were selected as recipients of the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program 2016. The students will travel to various universities in the United States at the end of summer 2016.
Welcoming back 2015 TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars, and Passing the Baton to the 2016 Scholarship Recipients
On July 13, 2016, the 2015 and 2016 scholars and partners for the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program were brought together for a post-program report and award ceremony at Sumitomo Corporation’s Headquarters in Tokyo.
The recipients of the 2015 Scholarship presented on their study abroad experience, and were acknowledged for their individual growth and scholarly achievements at their respective Universities in the United States. Read More>>
Meet the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars 2016
Ryoko Tsukada is a student at Chuo University in the school of Policy Studies, and is bound for East Tennessee State University. Through her study abroad experience, she hopes to solidify her English proficiency while furthering her studies on issues related to children and deepening her sense of humanity through interactions with students from various backgrounds.
Emi Hayano studies in the school of Faculty of Commerce at Doshisha University, and is bound for the University of California, Santa Barbara. She hopes to be inspired from the diverse classroom environment, and attain skills that will help her be a global leader that respects others while maintaining a strong self identity.
Mitsuhiko Tomita is a student at Kyushu University in the Faculty of Agriculture, and will study abroad at the University of Washington. His goal is to find how to improve crop fields in order to resolve global issues such as famine and food shortage. He also hopes that he can adapt well to American culture and enhance his knowledge on agriculture.
Noriko Hagiwara studies Law at Osaka University, and is bound for the University of California, Riverside. She has always wondered why discrimination against race, nationality and ethnicity occurs, and during her study abroad experience, she hopes to understand the role of racial policies and issues as a Japanese minority in the United States.
Masumi Abe is a student at Tohoku University in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will study at the University of California, Riverside. Her dream is to become an English teacher and a global citizen, and she hopes to strengthen her English and leadership skills by interacting with classmates and faculty.
Daichi Meguro is a student at Tohoku University, in the Faculty of Economics, and will study at the University of California, Irvine. His dream is to become a representative of Japan in the field of global business, and hopes to gain cross-cultural experience and meet a diverse group of people while in the United States.
Ryu Nagae studies at The University of Tokyo in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is bound for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Through the diverse classroom environment in the United States, he hopes to broaden his knowledge of global issues such as international conflict, civil strife, and extreme poverty. His dream is to become a diplomat.
Aimi Bessho is a student at Waseda University in the School of International Liberal Studies, and is bound for Johns Hopkins University. She is appreciative of the opportunity to interact with students with diverse backgrounds, and is looking forward to broadening her views and gaining experience that will be beneficial for her future career.
Hotsuki Hayama studies at Waseda University in the School of Political Science and Economics, and will study at The George Washington University. She looks forward to attending lectures that will enhance her knowledge of the United States economy, and plans to take advantage of the location, Washington D.C., and visit many government and international offices.
Naoki Tokunagais a student at Kyushu University, in the Faculty of Engineering, and is bound for San Jose State University. As he hopes to one day solve the world’s energy problems, he recognizes that he cannot achieve this goal alone. By studying abroad in the United States, he looks to gain international insight and knowledge from scholars in other scientific fields and interact with classmates of various backgrounds.
TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program 2015
Five Japanese university students were selected as recipients of the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program 2015. The students will travel to various universities in the United States at the end of summer 2015.
Welcoming Back 2014 Scholars and Sending Off 2015 TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Recipients
On June 12, 2015, the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars Post-Presentation and Award Ceremony brought together the 2014 and 2015 scholars and the sponsors of the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program at Sumitomo Corporation’s Headquarters in Tokyo.
The inaugural cohort of Sumitomo scholars were recognized for their study abroad achievements at their respective universities in the United States.
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Meet the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars 2015
Takane Hosoyama is a student at Keio University bound for University of California San Diego. His goal is to influence the Japanese educational system and to tackle bullying as a societal issue. His plans are to study Psychology and Political Science in the U.S. in order to develop knowledge required to understand the roots of bullying in the school system. In 2014, he published a book titled “Debu, Shine, Kusai! Wo Norikoete” or “Overcoming Bullying” in which he discusses how his childhood experience influenced him to work towards eliminating bullying not only in Japan, but around the world.
Kaito Manabe is a student at Kyushu University bound for Northern Arizona University. His dream has been to become an astronaut representing Japan for as long as he can remember. He hopes that studying Mechanical Engineering abroad will challenge his intellect and help him become a stronger leader with a greater global perspective. Kaito is very proud of his Japanese spirit, and hopes that he can influence people he meets as a future leader.
Tomoko Oyama is a student at Waseda University in the School of International Liberal Studies, and will be studying Linguistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for the academic year. She is eager to expose herself to the diversity of the United States in order to return with fresh ideas on how to combat societal issues in Japan, particularly by providing linguistic support for immigrant children. She is also keen on helping the ongoing recovery efforts in Tohoku.
Natsumi Komatsu is a student at Keio University bound for Rice University in Texas. She hopes to contribute to society through information technology and by ensuring better communication lines, particularly in disaster-stricken areas. During her time in the U.S., Natsumi intends to conduct research on information technology and to develop a global perspective, which she believes is important to stimulate growth between the U.S. and Japan.
Takaaki Minamii is a student at Tohoku University studying law, and will be studying at University of California Irvine. His intentions are to study politics while abroad, as he believes that the U.S. is the center of political science. In addition, he is hoping to make friends whom he can discuss social and political issues with and to stay in touch with even after he returns to Japan.
TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program 2014
TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars Winter Trip 2015
Three Japanese university students who are currently participating in the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars Program visited Washington, DC and New York City from January 4 to 10, 2015. Through this program, students receive financial support to study abroad for one year at a U.S. university. This year’s participants are attending Carnegie Mellon University; the University of Hawaii, Manoa; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in New York, the students visited Sumitomo offices and did an overnight homestay with Sumitomo employees. While in DC, the students attended meetings at the Embassy of Japan and Sumitomo’s DC office, as well as meeting Congresswoman Donna Edwards’ (D-MD) staff. Read More>>
Reception Awarding the 2014 Scholarship Recipients
On June 24, 2014, leaders, supporters, and professors from the TOMODACHI Initiative, Sumitomo Corporation, the Study Abroad Foundation, Keio University, and Tohoku University joined together at the American Center in Japan to award and celebrate the recipients of the 2014 TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars Program study abroad scholarships.
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Meet the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholars 2014
Yukako Hirakawa is from Keio University and studied abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) as an exchange student on the 2014 TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program. Prior to going abroad, she believed that language was the key to communication. However her experience has taught her that talking about her passions transcends mere language skills. Read More>>
Ayaka Ogita is from Tohoku University, and spent her year abroad at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii as an exchange student on the 2014 TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program. Read More>>
Kazunari Tanabe is from Keio University, and studied abroad at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an exchange student on the 2014 TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program. Read More>>