July 2023 Issue

Next Generation Summit 2023

Next Generation Summit 2023, held on July 1st, brought together a dynamic and diverse group of participants for a day of engaging panel discussions, reconnecting with fellow alumni, skills-building breakout sessions, and a special evening reception. The event provided a platform for TOMODACHI alumni and Watanabe Scholars to connect, learn together, and inspire one another on the pressing issues of our time.

“When I participated in my TOMODACHI program, everything was online and I was unable to meet any of the participants and staff members in-person. As I am interested in going to study abroad in the future, participating in this Summit was really inspirational and informative for me.
I was able to broaden my view even more.” Ayano Sakurai, an alumna of the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Program commented reflecting on her first participation in the Next Generation Summit. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program: Ceremony and Training

On June 29th, 2023, the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program post-study abroad presentation and award ceremony were held, with scholarship recipients and relevant parties in attendance.

At the student presentation session, nine students from the 9th cohort who began their study abroad in the autumn of 2022 and returned in the summer of 2023 expounded in English about their experiences during their study abroad and their roles in the U.S.-Japan relationship. Moeko Yamada, a student from the Faculty of Education at Nagoya University who studied Educational Studies at Southern Illinois University, expressed her thoughts on the future as follows. “I want to contribute to the Japan and the U.S. relationship as an educator.  I want to make my class comfortable for students to speak up freely like U.S. Education can be the first step to change our society. I should adopt the U.S. education style so that students can share their feelings and experiences in classroom.” Read More>>

TOMODACHI Boeing Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar Final Presentation and the Spin-Off Event

On June 25, 2023, TOMODACHI Boeing Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar held it’s Final Presentation virtually. Mr. Will Shaffer, President of Boeing Japan, Mr. Cydney Gardner-Brown of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and Ms. Suzanne Basalla, President and Chief Executive Officer at the U.S.-Japan Council attended the event. During the eight months from October 2022 to June 2023, 8 teams were formed. They made various efforts and continued their activities to come up with solutions for social issues that they proposed, and to realize their project.

On July 9, the spin-off event named “Higashi-no-kai” was held in Tokyo. 16 participants living in the Kanto, Chubu, and Tohoku areas (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, Yamanashi, Fukushima), and 3 participants living in Kyoto and Ehime, a total of 19 participants joined the event. Read More>>

Application Open for TOMODACHI-U.S.Embassy Go for Gold Leadership Program 2023-2024 

The program is designed to play a crucial role in building a “TOMODACHI Generation” of creative and innovative leaders whose interests lie in the sports industry, and who possess the globally-oriented skills and mindsets needed to thrive and make contributions to the industry. It will bring up to ten Japanese college students to the United States for a two-week study program in New York City and Los Angeles.

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2023 Read More>>

Applications Open for 2023-2024 TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership and Research Program

The program consists of a five-week research internship with a pre-program two-week virtual experience for female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in science and engineering. 

Led by two of the United States’ top-ranked research universities – Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Rice University in Houston, Texas – the program serves as a catalyst for female Japanese students in STEM, encouraging them to pursue graduate study and further research in the future.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2023 Read More>>

Application Open for TOMODACHI Boeing Entrepreneurship Seminar 2023

The application for the TOMODACHI Boeing Entrepreneurship Seminar 2023 is open now. This program, now in its 13th year with support from Boeing Japan, is open to high school and university students in Japan, and aims to develop human resources who can solve social issues and bridge the cultures of Japan and the United States by utilizing various values and perspectives.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2023 at 23:59 JST Read More>>

Alumni Participation in U.S.-Japan Council Business Advisory Board (BAB) Meeting

On May 23, the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) hosted the 30th Business Advisory Board (BAB) Meeting at the Tokyo American Club. USJC welcomed Council Leader Charles D. Lake II (Chairman and Representative Director, Aflac Life Insurance Japan / President, Aflac International) as the featured speaker. His presentation, “Aflac’s Creating Shared Value (CSV) Management Strategy,” attracted over fifty business leaders and seven Next Generation leaders, including TOMODACHI Initiative alumni. Read More>>

Alumni Participation in USJC New England Members Event

New England’s USJC members including several TOMODACHI alumni were treated to a private tour of Boston Museum of Fine Arts “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence” exhibit on June 6. MFA’s Japanese Art Curator Sarah Thompson offered lively background on Hokusai, his impact both during his lifetime and beyond. Read More>>

Upcoming Event: TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework
~Think about Tohoku ~

Join us the TOMODACHI Alumni Event in Miyagi Prefecture to learn about the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tohoku and cultivate our community through fun BBQ!

Date:Friday, August 11, 2023
Location:Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City
Eligibility:TOMODACHI Alumni nationwide Read More>>

TOMODACHI Opportunities 

TOMODACHI Initiative Program Manager
Working under the direction of the Director of TOMODACHI Programs, the Program Manager is responsible to develop, execute, manage, monitor and evaluate TOMODACHI programs, including managing relationships with implementing organizations. The Program Manager will work with individuals from the U.S.-Japan Council, the U.S. Embassy, TOMODACHI Initiative sponsors, and other key TOMODACHI team members in the implementation of this mission. This is a full-time position based in the U.S.-Japan Council Tokyo office which allows teleworking. A Japanese native and fluency in English is required. USJC does not sponsor visas for working in Japan.
For more information and to apply, click here.
TOMODACHI Initiative Marketing Communications Manager
Marketing Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program to develop the profile and brand of the TOMODACHI Initiative and U.S.-Japan Council among a diverse audience and stakeholders, including senior corporate executives, government leaders, program participants, donors, press, and the general public. The Marketing & Communications Manager will work closely with teams within the TOMODACHI Initiative and the U.S.-Japan Council in the implementation of this mission, as well as with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Teleworking is allowed, and the main office is located in central Tokyo.
For more information and to apply, click here.

Update from Team TOMODACHI - July 2023

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

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 and leadership programs.