Update from Team TOMODACHI
June & July 2021

Nearly 100 Participants Attend the TOMODACHI RISE Leadership Program Welcome Event and Reflect on the 10 Years of TOMODACHI’s Impact

On June 12, 2021, the TOMODACHI RISE Leadership Program Welcome Event titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Exploring Opportunities for Social Impact Across Japan” was held online. Nearly 100 attendees, including TOMODACHI Alumni, speakers, regional representatives, guests, and supporters from Japan and the United States were present.
In recognition of the tenth year of the launch of the TOMODACHI Initiative, the event focused on reflecting on the impact generated by the TOMODACHI Generation and connecting both Japanese and American alumni. This virtual event was hosted by the new 2021 Regional Leaders as part of the TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Impact for Social Empowerment (RISE) Leadership ProgramRead More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

High School and College Students Share the Progress Implementing Their Business Ideas

On May 22, 2021, a briefing session for Online Camp 2 of the tenth TOMODACHI- Keio SFC Entrepreneurship Seminar was held. 5 groups made up of 34 high school and college students shared their progress implementing their business ideas. Read More>>

2020 TOMODACHI Annual Report

The 2020 TOMODACHI Annual Report is now available! Learn more about TOMODACHI's impactful programming that took place during 2020 and incredible endeavors and achievements of TOMODACHI Alumni!

Click here to discover more.


Upcoming Programs and Events

August 1

August 12-13


TOMODACHI Lawson High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Tohoku, Opening Session (online)

TOMODACHI FamilyMart SDGs Leadership Program in Tohoku -Beyond Tohoku to Japan, and Finally, the World-, "Tohoku Academy to Support Each Other" (online)
TOMODACHI Alumni Activities

Regional Leaders and Mentors Reflected on the Welcome Event and Gained New Perspectives for their Theme Events

From July 3 to 4, 2021, seven Regional Leaders and seven Regional Mentors who serve as representatives of their regions of Japan participated in July Training, a two-day virtual workshop. The training, which was held under the multi-part TOMODACHI Alumni RISE Leadership Program, gave participants the opportunity to reflect on the Welcome Events held in June 2021, gain new insights, and plan the Theme Events that will be held in the fall of 2021. Read More>>

Recruiting TOMODACHI Alumni for the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy 2021

Applications for the TOMODACHI Generation Global Leadership Academy are now open. This virtual event will take place on August 21 and 22, 2021, as well as September 5, 2021. TOMODACHI alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Final Deadline: Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 24:00 (Japan Time)

Q&A with TOMODACHI Program Participants and TOMODACHI Alumni

<Tomoyo Aizawa>

Tomoyo Aizawa is an alumna of the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III in 2016. Born and raised in Japan, Tomoyo currently lives in California as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Unicast Robotics Inc. where she provides services to Japanese and American businesses by developing robots. She is also a volunteer at the Orange County Japanese American Association (OCJAA) in Orange County, California, where she works on a community magazine for Japanese Americans. She was a participant of the U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 academic year, which enabled her to study at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Read More>>

<Mikka Kei Macdonald>

Mikka Kei Macdonald is an alumna of the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference in IV in 2017She is the Creative Director at Community Change, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. working to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially people of color, to change the policies and institutions that impact their lives. This interview was part of the U.S.-Japan Council’s initiative to highlight strong leaders in the community who are actively creating positive change for people of color in the United States and beyond during Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Read More>>

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
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Applications Open for the TOMODACHI FamilyMart SDGs Leadership Program in Tohoku -Beyond Tohoku to Japan, and Finally, the World-

The TOMODACHI FamilyMart SDGs Leadership Program in Tohoku -Beyond Tohoku to Japan, and Finally, the World- targets youth who are deeply passionate about solving regional challenges in Tohoku (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures). This five-month leadership training will consist of three parts, “Tohoku Academy to Support Each Other,” “Action Course,” and “Tohoku Special Live to Support Each Other.”

This program will be held with support from FamilyMart Co., Ltd.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline: Thursday, August 12, 2021 (Japan Time)

Applications Open for the 2021-2022 TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership and Research Program

The TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership and Research Program is a five-week research internship program for 10 female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in science & engineering (S&E).

Held at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the program will enable students to gain hands-on experience with S&E research while simultaneously providing participants with an introduction to higher education in the United States and multiple opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with American students.

This program is generously funded by Dow Chemical Japan Limited.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline: Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 12:59 (Japan Time)

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 September 2021, as a combined issue for August and September.

Update from Team TOMODACHI - June & July 2021

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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