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Update from Team TOMODACHI
April 2019

Tohoku Leaders of the Next Generation Study Tourism and Revitalization in the United States through the TOMODACHI Amway Japan Foundation Tohoku Future Leader Program

From March 23 to April 1, 2019, the inaugural year of the TOMODACHI Amway Japan Foundation Tohoku Future Leader Program was held successfully, with 16 high school students from Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi prefecture traveling to the United States for a ten-day program focused on tourism and cross-cultural exchange.
The high school students spent time in Washington, D.C., New York City, and coastal communities on the Jersey Shore. While in the nation’s capital, the students were based at a local high school with specialized hospitality and tourism curriculum. At the school, the Japanese students were paired with local students to experience the daily life of teenagers in the United States, by attending classes and joining after-school activities, including sports, Japanese language classes, and a marketing pitch competition. The students also did homestays for four days, where they had a chance to get to know and experience first-hand the home life of American families. Read More>>

Future Female Leaders in the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Gain Leadership Skills and Network in Washington, D.C. and NYC

Fifty undergraduate female students from across Tokyo, Osaka, Naha, and Sapporo, participants of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP), traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City from March 20 to 27, 2019. 
Each day of the trip was focused on one or two of the program’s five core leadership competencies: collaboration, resilience, global perspective, paying-it-forward, and self-awareness.

The trip began with a series of intensive skill-building workshops on team work, resilience-building, networking and presentation-giving. Subsequent days included discussions on leadership with Susan Greenwell, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Government Relations at MetLife, Inc.; lunch with female Japanese diplomats; a panel discussion with Japanese female professionals organized by the Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JSIE); and a networking dinner with professionals from a variety of fields. Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

TOMODACHI Sumitomo Scholars Visit Washington, D.C. and New York City

From March 24 to 28, 2019, three of the ten Japanese university students studying in the United States through the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program visited Washington, D.C. and New York City. They traveled from their campuses across the country to gather for a week-long spring leadership program hosted by the Sumitomo Corporation and the Sumitomo Corporation of America. 
The students kicked off the program in New York. They participated in a discussion with Professor David Weinstein, Professor of Japanese Economy, Director of Research at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University. Read More>>

Three Trainees Present Their Learning and Take Their Next Steps as the Next Generation Leaders

On March 18, 2019, participants of the TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Program in America 2018 visited Northrop Grumman Japan, the program’s sponsor, to share their TOMODACHI experiences. This program provides young Japanese people with disabilities a four-month training experience in leadership and advocacy in Boston.
Mr. Stan Crow, the Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman Japan, acknowledged how much the participants had grown personally and professionally, the best possible outcome for a program sponsor. Read More>>

Ten Female STEM University Students Participate in a Five-Week Research Internship Program in Texas

From February 16 to March 24, 2019, ten female STEM undergraduates from Japan had the opportunity to travel to Rice University in Houston, Texas to participate in a hands-on science and engineering research internship as part of the 2019 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University Program. The program provides students the chance to gain real world experience with science and engineering research, an introduction to U.S. higher education, and opportunities for cultural engagement with U.S. students and U.S.-Japan Council members and events.

The ten participants of the 2019 program represented a wide range of fields of study, including bioscience, chemistry, computer science and robotics, earth science, and physics. Read More>>

Campus Venture Grand Prix Competition 2018 TOMODACHI Award Recipients Travel to Silicon Valley to Present Their Business Plans

From March 17 to 20, 2019, the three winning teams of the TOMODACHI Social Entrepreneurship Award at the Campus Venture Grand Prix Competition, Datack, L-Hub, and Ecommons, traveled to Silicon Valley for a study tour.  
The winning startups included Datack, led by a PhD candidate in medical data science who is also a neurosurgeon, whose business plan drastically reduces doctors' burden of medical documentation by using natural language processing technologies. L-Hub, led by a Masters student in robotics, combines IoT sensors and clinical data to provide personal training plans for elderly patients. Ecommons, led by young undergraduate students, eliminates 40 hours a month of overwork for teachers by providing the largest customizable database of lesson plans in Japan. Read More>>

TOMODACHI KAKEHASHI Inouye Scholars Program Facilitates U.S.-Japan Student Exchanges

From February to March 2019, 100 Japanese students and 100 American students (a total of 200 students) travelled to America and Japan for a 10-day youth exchange program as part of the TOMODACHI KAKEHASHI Inouye Scholars Program.  

This program was established to honor the life and legacy of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Through the program, the participants learned about his legacy, the state he represented (Hawaii), his contributions towards the U.S.-Japan relationship, and his dedicated efforts and belief in public service. The students also went on cultural visits and exchanges to further deepen their understanding of one another’s countries. Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events



May 25ー26

June 7ー8

June 8ー9

June 8ー9

June 15ー16

June 22ーJuly 7

June 22ー23

June 28

U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar Pre-Seminars (throughout Japan)

TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Impact for Social Empowerment (RISE) Leadership Program: Welcome Events (throughout Japan) 

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Annual Conference (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program U.S. Delegates orientation (New York City)

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program Pre-Trip Seminar (Sendai, Miyagi)

TOMODACHI KaoLINK Fukushima Rebranding Program (Iwaki, Fukushima)

TOMODACHI Honda Global Leadership Program 2019 Pre-Departure Orientation (Tokyo)

8th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program (Fukushima, Tokyo, Hiroshima)

TOMODACHI Summer 2019 SoftBank Leadership Program Orientations (Morioka, Iwate and Koriyama, Fukushima and Sendai, Miyagi)

TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program Post-Program Presentations and Award Ceremony (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
Regional Leaders and Mentors Attend the TOMODACHI Alumni RISE Leadership Program Orientation

From March 21 to 24, 2019, the TOMODACHI Alumni RISE (Regional Impact for Social Empowerment) Leadership Program as part of the TOMODACHI Regional Framework officially kicked off in Tokyo, welcoming eight Regional Leaders and eight Regional Mentors from across Japan, who represent the six regions of the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework. Read More>>

The TOMODACHI KaoLINK Fukushima Rebranding Program: Learning to Communicate though the Power of Sound

From April 13 to 14, 2019, the second session of the TOMODACHI KaoLINK Fukushima Rebranding Program took place in Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima City, providing opportunities for TOMODACHI alumni to reimagine Fukushima through the power of scent. The program aims for participants to discover a uniqueness and beauty that can only be found in Fukushima and to utilize scent to boost tourism in the prefecture. Twelve alumni joined the program and were given the task of expressing the senses and emotions they felt in Hanamiyama Park utilizing the power of sound to create a presentation. They were joined by three professional musicians: Chie Narita, a cellist, Miho Uesugi, who plays the Japanese drums, and Erika Nakagawa, who plays the niko, a two-stringed Chinese instrument. Read More>>

New Online Platform TOMODACHI AlUMNI CONNECT Launches on May 1, 2019

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, a new online platform, TOMODACHI ALUMNI CONNECT, will launch, strengthening the connection and communication between TOMODACHI alumni. TOMODACHI ALUMNI CONNECT is an exclusive online platform serving TOMODACHI alumni, where they can post and share information and messages, and sustain the close relationships built during their TOMODACHI programs. Members can search different categories, like Feed, Directory, Opportunities, Groups, and Events, to find information relating to other members and companies in the network, regional groups, and events of interest. Read More>>

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested.
Apply: Pre-Seminars for the 9th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar

The pre-seminars for the 9th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar have been held at 20 locations.
The following pre-seminars are scheduled in May and June:

-Yamagata- Saturday, May 11
-Ishikawa- Saturday, May 18
-Toyama- Sunday, May 19 

-Hyogo- Monday, May 20
-Tokushima- Friday, May 31
-Kagawa- Saturday, June 1
-Okayama- Sunday, June 2
-Kanagawa- Saturday, June 8
-Saga- Saturday, June 15
-Kanagawa- Wednesday, June 26
-Hakodate, Hokkaido- Saturday, June 29
-Sapporo, Hokkaido- Sunday, June 30 

For more information and details:

TOMODACHI Opportunities

TOMODACHI Alumni Coordinator -Part-time (Tokyo Office)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is looking for a qualified individual to support the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. We seek an individual who can assist the Alumni Manager and participate in various stages of engagement to support the next generation of leaders dedicated to the U.S.-Japan relationship. 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 - April 2019

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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