Update from Team TOMODACHI
April & May 2022

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program Learns from U.S. Healthcare Professionals on Pandemic Response and Latest Disaster Nursing Areas

On March 27, 2022, the final debriefing session for the 2021 TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program was held online. The six-month program concluded with the participation of approximately 60 people, including the eight nursing students who participated in the program, as well as other interested individuals.
The final debriefing was meaningful, including not only presentations by the participating students but also a panel discussion by mentor professors and speakers from the United States. The representative of the participants was Mr. Ryo Asahi from Nagaoka Sutoku University, who spoke about the need to help the victims to draw out their strengths and to consider whether the support is one-sided and self-satisfying. Individual presentations showed the change of heart of Ms. Ayano Sakurai, from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, who said, "My interest in mental health care, which I had not paid much attention to before, has expanded and I want to gain a wider range of values and knowledge.” Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

TOMODACHI KAKEHASHI Inouye Scholars Virtual Dialogue & Mixer

On March 8th, a virtual event for TOMODACHI KAKEHASHI Inouye Scholars Program 2022 participants from Howard University was held. For this event, participants from Howard University gathered for a special opportunity to engage with Ken Inouye, USJC Board of Councilors member and son of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Program participant Terry Jones Jr. asked Mr. Inouye how he and his program participants could help continue the Senator’s legacy. In his response, Mr. Inouye shared a message that his father believed deeply in – civic engagement. “[My father] saw civic engagement as of vital importance… No matter what you do in this world, you need to participate and be an active participant.” Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events

June 4

June 5, 12, 26, July 10

June 18, 19, July 16, 17

July 1

July 9

July 9, 16, 23, 30

July 24

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program, Orientation (online)

TOMODACHI Boeing Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar, Growth Seminars (online)

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program, Pre-Trip Seminars

TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program, Award Ceremony

TOMODACHI Toshizo Watanabe Leadership Program, Orientation (online)

TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program (online)

TOMODACHI Boeing Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar, Final Presentation
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities

TOMODACHI Alumni Gather in person for the First Time in Two Years; Hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka

On April 15th 2022, the Kyushu TOMODACHI Alumni Gathering was hosted by TOMODACHI alumni and the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka. It was the first time an in-person event took place since the beginning of the pandemic. The event was attended by 25 alumni and staff members from the Consulate and U.S.-Japan Council, followed by strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines. The alumni were very excited to see each other once again face-to-face since all the alumni programs and events have been held online since early 2020. Read More>>

TOMODACHI RISE Awards Ceremony Commemorates 2021 Regional Leaders and Regional Mentors’ Commitment to Community and Beyond

On March 27, 2022, the TOMODACHI Regional Impact for Social Empowerment (RISE) Leadership Program 2021 Awards Ceremony was held online. Awards were presented to six alumni who have served as Regional Leaders in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu-Hokuriku, Kansai-Chugoku-Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. The ceremony was attended by past Regional Leaders and Mentors, and representatives from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates. It was emceed by Rika Yonamine, 2020 Regional Leader of the Okinawa Region. Each Regional Leader identified a different challenge to revitalize the region and contribute to the community by working together with Regional Mentors and involving alumni in each region. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework 2022 Kicked Off with the Three-days Orientation

The TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework kicked off with a three-day virtual orientation on March 19, 20 and 27, 2022. The structure will engage and connect alumni in five regions across Japan and four regions in the United States. The Orientation was attended by twelve Regional Representatives (RRs) from Japan and the United States and provided the opportunity to get to know each other, share ideas and plans for their regional activities, reflect on their leadership style, and connect with supporters of the program: Prudential and the U.S. Embassy. 
One of the highlights of this orientation was the keynote speech by Stephanie Nitahara, an alumna of the U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program and Senior Program Manager at Community Partners. Her speech focused on how to cultivate a community in times of COVID-19. Read More>>

Q&A with TOMODACHI Program Participants and TOMODACHI Alumni

<Kazuki Oshiro>

Kazuki Oshiro is an alumnus of the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program where he studied abroad at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA as an exchange student. Born in Okinawa, he graduated from the Department of Tourism Science, College of Tourism and Industry Science, University of the Ryukyus in March 2022. He majored in Tourism Economics and Statistics and is currently working as a Travel Counselor at CWTSato Travel. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we interviewed him who focuses on tourism and environmental activities. Read More>>

<Honoka Kumazawa>

Honoka Kumazawa is an alumna of the TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in 2018. She serves as the TOMODACHI Alumni Intern for the Spring/Summer period starting from March 2022. Originally from Fukushima, she also participated in the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2021. Through the encounters in these programs, she was exposed to and inspired by diverse ways of thinking and ways of living that are not bound by stereotypes. She hopes to work for an international organization in the future to resolve problems related to people, the environment, and agriculture. She is currently studying at the Department of Food and Agricultural Sciences at Fukushima University. Read More>>

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested.

Applications Open for the TOMODACHI Story Jam for Youth with Disabilities (online)

TOMODACHI Story Jam for Youth with Disabilities is a 9-week digital storytelling and youth leadership program that brings together Japanese and American college students and young professionals with disabilities to collectively explore and identify a moment or moments related to overcoming barriers. Participants will have opportunities to interact with peers from Japan and the U.S., and to learn about each other’s cultures.

For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

Applications Open for the TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program 2022 (online)

The TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program is recruiting high school students in California! The program was established in 2012 with the goal of deepening the mutual understanding between the United States and Japan and investing in the next generation of leaders. 

For this year’s online program, students enrolled in high schools in California will be eligible to participate. This 5-part program will take place over a course of roughly a month with one session a week on the weekends. During the program, the students will have opportunities to learn about Japanese society and culture, and leadership through this year’s theme of resiliency. The program features opportunities to meet with Japanese people through interactions with local high school students.

For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: June 11, 2022 (US Time)

Applications Open for the TOMODACHI Toshizo Watanabe Leadership Program 2022

TOMODACHI Toshizo Watanabe Leadership Program is for high school students from all over Japan, who are the next generation leaders, and aims to develop human resources who will contribute to U.S.-Japan relations in the future. Through homestays, school visits, interacting with the American students, as well as learning about American History, and being exposed to many different stories, participants will gain leadership skills and international sensibility.

For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2022

TOMODACHI Opportunities

Interns, U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) & TOMODACHI Initiative (remote)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and the TOMODACHI Initiative are currently seeking interns. The internship offers an exciting environment where interns will be exposed to the non-profit, corporate, and government fields simultaneously. Responsibilities 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. Please note that this internship is unpaid.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Interns, TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program (remote)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is currently seeking qualified interns to support the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. The Program produces impactful and innovative programming for program participants who have experienced a TOMODACHI program to take the next step in their journey. The intern will be responsible for assisting the Alumni Manager and participating in various stages of engagement to support the next generation of leaders dedicated to the U.S.-Japan relationship. Our bilingual and bi-cultural team works in a fast-paced environment where strong critical thinking skills and excellent attention to detail are essential. Interns will gain a wide range of experience in various aspects of project management, marketing, social media management. This internship is a great opportunity to learn more about the nonprofit sector, public-private partnerships, and civic engagement. Please note that this internship is unpaid.

For more information, click here.
Please send applications to alumni@usjapancouncil.org.

*The next edition will be out at the end of July 2022, as a combined issue for June and July 2022.

Update from Team TOMODACHI - April & May 2022

For donors, supporters, and friends of the TOMODACHI Initiative and
the TOMODACHI Generation.

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Email: tomodachi@usjapancouncil.org

Led by the U.S.-Japan Council, and the U.S. Embassy in 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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