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Update from Team TOMODACHI
June 2019

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program First Pre-Trip Sessions 

From June 8 to 9, 2019, the first session for Pre-Trip Seminar of the TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program was held at Tohoku University's International Institute of Disaster Science International Research. 

This year, the scope of recruitment of participants was expanded to include nursing students and graduate students from all over Japan. As a result, a diverse group of eight students, from vocational school students to graduate school students, representing not only the Tohoku area, but also the Kanto area, were selected to participate in the fifth year of the program.

Like every year, program graduates (alumni) share their achievements and learning, four students who participated the previous year shared what they learned and gained through this program and how they connected their experiences to their current work. These wonderful alumni presentations inspired the current participants, motivating them to strive to be in the same position next year. Read More>>

Register for the 2019 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Los Angeles

The 2019 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles from November 4 - 5 with the theme of “Bold Ideas, Bolder Leadership: The Next Stage of U.S.-Japan Relations.”

As the 10th anniversary conference since the founding of USJC, this event will also celebrate USJC's accomplishments over the past decade in developing and connecting diverse leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming Programs and Events


June 22ーJuly 7

July 5ー13

July 6ー7

July 19ーAugust 9

July 20


August 4ー17
August 8ー11

August 17ー31

The 9th US Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar Pre-Seminars (throughout Japan)

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

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program American Delegation visits Japan (Tokyo and Fukushima)

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

TOMODACHI Summer 2019 SoftBank Leadership Program (Berkeley, California)

TOMODACHI-Uniqlo Fellowship Information Session (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Program in America (Boston, Massachusetts)

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program U.S. Study Tour (Washington D.C. ,New York and New Jersey)

TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima Step1 (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Honda Global Leadership Program  (California and Ohio)

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event 
<Tohoku-Hokkaido Region>

On June 1, 2019, the Tohoku-Hokkaido Region, Team A kicked-off its  TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Inspired by the theme of “TOMODACHI Encounter: Let’s Make New TOMODACHI, Friends!” about twenty TOMODACHI Alumni gathered and discussed the future of the Tohoku-Hokkaido region.  Read More>>

On May 26, 2019, the Tohoku-Hokkaido Region, Team B kick-off  TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event was held with the theme of "Food × History: See, Eat and Feel" at Saito Youshoku-ten, a western food restaurant in Fukushima Prefecture. Around 25 TOMODACHI Alumni in the Tohoku-Hokkaido region gathered to learn about the area’s current marred reputation. It was also an opportunity to deepen the bonds among alumni. Read More>>

<Kanto Region>

On May 26, 2019, the Kanto Region, Team B kicked-off its TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event in Shibuya, where TOMODACHI Alumni gathered together to discuss the challenges of studying and working abroad.

All of the participants took part in a creative workshop called “Life Curves,” with everyone drawing the ups and downs they have experienced in their lives and the turning points that create those curves. They then shared these life curves with one another. Listening to one another share their inner selves enabled alumni to learn more about one another in comparison to the short self-introduction that is the norm. Read More>>

<Chubu-Hokuriku Region>

On June 2, 2019, the Chubu-Hokuriku region kicked-off its TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event. The event was hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya and TOMODACHI Alumni at Principal Officer Gary Schaefer’s residence.

Alumni from across the Chubu-Hokuriku region, university students, young professionals, and representatives of the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya gathered for the event. One TOMODACHI alumnus, who once lived and participated in TOMODACHI program in Fukuoka as a university student, but now lives and works in Aichi Prefecture, participated in the regional event from beyond the region. Read More>>

<Kansai -Chugoku-Shikoku Region>

On June 6, 2019, the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event for the Kansai-Chugoku-Shikoku Region was held at the WeWork Midosuji Frontier Building.

Over 35 people joined the event, representing nine different TOMODACHI programs. Many were joining an alumni event for the first time and some made connections for future internships and possible careers, though all were interested in getting more involved in future events. Read More>>

<Okinawa Region>

On June 8, 2019, a TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Framework Welcome Event was held in Okinawa.

Under the theme “TOMODACHI Alumni Members! What's your personality type?” participants considered personal identity and regional identity through various group activities and discussions, creating an event that strengthened ties between the regions of Okinawa. Read More>>

The TOMODACHI KaoLINK Fukushima Rebranding Program: Participants Challenged to Write Lyrics for the Fight Song of Iwaki FC

From June 8 to 9, 2019, the fourth session of the TOMODACHI KaoLINK Fukushima Rebranding Program took place in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

This program brings together high school students, college students, and professionals from Fukushima to form teams to examine ways to create a brand image for Fukushima using scent.

Eight TOMODACHI alumni attended the workshops, including one where alumni wrote the lyrics for the fight song of Iwaki FC, a professional football team during an event themed “scent × sound.” Another workshop was attended by Ikumi Kumagai, a singer-songwriter. Read More>>

Register Now for the TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2019 

TOMODACHI Alumni are invited to attend the 2019 TOMODACHI Generation Summit in Tokyo on September 8, 2019.  

This yearly event brings together all TOMODACHI Alumni from across different regions, both domestic and international, and from different industries and sectors – government, business, academia and nonprofit – to discuss the current status and future of U.S.-Japan relations and ways the next generation can prepare for and contribute to this future together. For more information or to apply, click here.

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Venue: Showa Women’s University in conjunction with Temple University (Tokyo, Japan) 

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
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Apply: the TOMODACHI-UNIQLO Fellowship Information Session!
The TOMODACHI-UNIQLO Fellowship Information session will be held on Saturday, July 20. This program supports the education of Japan’s next generation of business and fashion leaders.At two graduate schools- Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York and Parsons The New School for Design, School of Fashion-. For up to 2 years. For more information or to apply, click here.
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
          12:30 Open / 13:00 Start
          15:00 Social Reception

Venue: WeWork Iceberg (Shibuya)
Now Recruiting for the 2019 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program!

The TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) offers Japanese American leaders of the next generation an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, design and implement original USJC programming, and foster powerful, lifelong personal and professional friendships. Every year, young leaders aged 24 – 35 are selected to attend the USJC Annual Conference, and join program alumni in bridging the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. For more information or to apply, click here.

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 11:59pm(Pacific Time) 

TOMODACHI Opportunities

Intern, U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) & TOMODACHI Initiative (Tokyo Office)

The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) and the TOMODACHI Initiative are 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 - June  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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