Update from Team TOMODACHI
December 2021 & January 2022

Young Leaders from the U.S. and Japan Gather for the Next Generation Summit 2021: “Ideas to Action: Breaking Barriers for a Sustainable Community with Enduring Value”

In December, the Next Generation Summit 2021 was held as the final installment of the U.S.-Japan Council’s 2021 Signature Series. The virtual stage, titled “Ideas to Action: Breaking Barriers for a Sustainable Community with Enduring Value,” provided opportunities for the younger voices of the USJC community including TOMODACHI alumni, U40 (under 40) members, and Watanabe scholars to share their perspectives on topics that they deemed significant to their generation.
Executive Director of the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) Junko Tsuda opened the two-day event where she stated that ridding oneself of the timidity that comes along with change enables one to see change as an opportunity. Alumni also got the opportunity to understand how government leaders value the impact of TOMODACHI. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Raymond F. Greene emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship, drawing direct parallels between TOMODACHI’s mission and the activities of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

"TOMODACHI FamilyMart SDGs Leadership Program in Tohoku -Beyond Tohoku to Japan, and Finally, the World-" Completed with 50 Participants Talking About the Future of Tohoku

"TOMODACHI FamilyMart SDGs Leadership Program in Tohoku -Beyond Tohoku to Japan, and Finally, the World-" concluded on December 9, 2021. The online event titled "Updating the Future of Tohoku! 50 Participants of U-30 Heated Debates -Tohoku Special Live to Support Each Other-" was attended by 180 participants and audience members. Read More>>

Participants of the TOMODACHI Story Jam for Youth with Disabilities Share Lessons Learned in the Time of COVID-19

On November 19 (U.S.) / November 20 (Japan), 2021, the final event for the TOMODACHI Story Jam for Youth with Disabilities was held online. A total of 52 people including program participants joined the event. Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events

February 4 - February 25

February 6 - February 27

February 12 - March 16

February 14 - March 27

TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program, Session 5 and Virtual US Trip (online)

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

TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership and Research Program

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program, Virtual US Training, Post-Trip Seminar, and Reporting (online) 
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities

Read and Watch the Closing Remarks Offered by Two TOMODACHI Alumni at the Next Generation Summit 2021!

<Hinako Murakami>

Hinako Murakami is an alumna of the TOMODACHI Summer SoftBank Leadership Program. Originally from Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. She was affected by the 2011 triple disaster that shook the northern region of Japan when she was in the sixth grade, and wanted to do something to give back to her community. She participated in TOMODACHI as a high school student, and was inspired by American culture and the international environment she experienced. She went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in the United States, and upon graduating has returned to her hometown of Ishinomaki where she is working in the Overseas Division of Fisherman Japan to export local seafood products outside of Japan. Read More>>

<Tristan Norman>

Tristan Norman is an alumnus of the TOMODACHI KAKEHASHI Inouye Scholars Program in 2018. Currently, Tristan is an Assistant Language Teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme in Kami-Cho in Northern Hyōgo prefecture and wants to pursue a career in international affairs.
Tristan graduated from Hendrix College in 2020 with an interdisciplinary major in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, focused on Climate Adaptation in Japan and China.
After graduating, he participated in the UNITAR United Nations Young Leaders Program and interned at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the UNHQ in New York, working on issues related to the impact of COVID-19, climate change, and digital and frontier technologies on young people. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Opportunities

Administrative Coordinator

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) is seeking an Administrative Coordinator.

This individual will be primarily responsible for providing operational support to the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan). This position is in the Tokyo office with some remote work and reports to the Executive Director of USJC (Japan), and also requires close communication with the U.S.-Japan Council (US) staff based in Washington, DC.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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 March 2022, as a combined issue for February and March 2022.

Update from Team TOMODACHI - December 2021 & January 2022

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

Website: www.tomodachi.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/USJapanTOMODACHI

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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