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Update from Team TOMODACHI
October 2019

TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program Concludes with Japanese Delegation’s Return from Silicon Valley, California and Washington, D.C.

From September 15 to 23, 2019, ten young Japanese professionals from across Japan, representing a mix of professions, traveled to Silicon Valley in California and Washington, D.C. as they completed the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, now in its seventh year.

The delegation spent two-and-a-half days in Silicon Valley observing and listening to speakers who shared a comprehensive understanding of how the region became the world’s leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The schedule in California was designed to cover two of the program’s three pillars, “Innovation” and “Entrepreneurship,” featuring meetings with a mix of renowned Silicon Valley leaders, including Stanford University Professor Emeritus Dr. Daniel Okimoto and former Apple executive and Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation & Mentor in Residence, Index Ventures James Higa. The delegation also visited Google, Salesforce, and TRI-AD. Before finishing their stay in Silicon Valley, a dinner reception was graciously hosted by Tomochika Uyama, Consul General of Japan – San Francisco. Read More>>

The TOMODACHI Amway Japan Foundation Tohoku Future Leader Program Concludes with Final Presentation for Nine-Month Program

On September 20, 2019, the final presentations of the TOMODACHI Amway Japan Foundation Tohoku Future Leader Program were held at the Portal Center in Minami Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, gathering over 40 attendees, including program participants and their guardians, as well as local residents.

After the study trip to the U.S., participants were divided into four groups to create projects focused on tourism in Minami Sanriku. The groups developed their project plans by digging deeply into their initial ideas and discussing ways to improve their daily lives, as well as lessons learned from the study trip.

After the four group presentations, Ms. Kafuu Toh, Representative Director, Amway Japan Foundation, remarked, “I was overwhelmed by the high school students’ ideas and presentations. These were great presentations, with each participant fully harnessing the ‘power of communication,’ one of the leadership skills participants learned.” Later, Minami Sanriku Mayor Sato observed, “All participants were full of a confidence I could not have imagined during the pre-departure orientation in February. ‘Perseverance’ is the keyword. To persevere, you will face many difficult obstacles you will need to overcome. But this will help you grow, so never give up.”  Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

TOMODACHI Summer 2019 Softbank Leadership Program Post-Program Seminar Held in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

On September 29, 2019, the TOMODACHI Summer 2019 Softbank Leadership Program Post-Program Seminar was held in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. High school students selected from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures gathered for the first time since the summer program finished two months ago.

During the seminar, participants shared the progress of their action plans, taking advantage of the opportunity to review the lessons they learned in Berkeley, California on contributing to their local communities.

The students listened attentively as Mr. Masato Ikeda, Senior Director of CSR Division, Human Resources & General Affairs Unit of SoftBank Corp., Executive Board Member of the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Initiatives Foundation, shared suggestions to help them carry out their projects. Participants then took part in a practical workshop. Read More>>

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Year Seven Launches in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Naha

September 6 through 27, 2019 marked the start of the 2019-2020 TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP) with opening sessions in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Naha. The first session of the program focused on laying the groundwork for a strong mentee-mentor relationship, the signature feature of this ten-month leadership development program that pairs 50 female Japanese university-level mentees with 50 mid-level career female mentors.

The workshop focused on making the most of the mentoring relationship by sharing practices of effective mentors and mentees and explaining the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Sitting together, the mentee-mentor pairs participated in a series of exercises to get to know one another and create solid foundations for their new mentoring relationships. Read More>>

Upcoming Programs and Events

August – December

October 29 – November 4

November 1

November 4 – 5

November 8

November 15

November 26

November 30 –
December 1

December 6

December 12 – 15

December 14 – 15

December 14


TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Program in America (Boston, Massachusetts)

TOMODACHI Foster Youth Leadership Program
(Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukuoka, Osaka,など)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session 3 (Naha, Okinawa)

2019 Annual Conference (Los Angeles)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session 3 (Osaka)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session 2 (Fukuoka)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session 3 (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program Post-Trip Symposium (Sendai, Miyagi)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session 3 (Fukuoka)

ALLI Indo-Pacific Summit  (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima: Step3 (Tokyo)

9th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar Final Competition (Tokyo)

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Gathering at U.S. Consul General’s Residence in Sapporo

On October 17 2019, the very first Hokkaido TOMODACHI Alumni Gathering took place at the U.S. Consul General’s Residence, located next to the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo.  

The event began with remarks from Consul General Andrew Lee, who arrived in Japan just a few months ago and graciously opened his home to TOMODACHI Alumni for the first official event at his residence. He welcomed everyone to the gathering and thanked them for their engagement with the community.

He noted how everyone in attendance was a diplomat who had experienced new cultures and represented their culture to others, and encouraged them to share their experiences and inspire others to study abroad and broaden their mindsets. Read More>>

Apply Now: 2020 TOMODACHI Alumni Regional Leader “TOMODACHI Alumni RISE Leadership Program”

From October 1, 2019, we will select 2020 Regional Leaders in each region to create activities and opportunities with support from their Regional Mentors, by connecting with fellow alumni and the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to address the needs and challenges of their respective regions and communities. Help us energize and inspire members of the TOMODACHI Generation in your region by developing new events to bring opportunities to your regions and communities. If you are interested in becoming a leader within your region, please apply!
For more information, click here.

Application Process:
Please complete the Application Form here
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 23:59 Japan Standard Time

Recruitment for TOMODACHI Program Participants
Please forward and share these opportunities with people who may be interested.
Now Accepting Applications for the Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program

The Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is currently recruiting candidates for its 2020 program, which will take place from February 29 – March 16, 2020 (tentative).

The Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is an intensive, two-week program designed for Japanese and American students with an interest in leadership training, cross-cultural exchange, and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social challenges. The program is held in Washington, D.C. This program is generously funded by Morgan Stanley. For more information, click here.

Application Process: 
Please apply through the portal here 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

TOMODACHI Opportunities

NEW: TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP) Intern (Tokyo Office)

The TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP) is seeking an unpaid intern. TOMODACHI offers an exciting environment for interns to be exposed to non-profit, corporate, and government fields. The main responsibility for the intern will be to assist the TMWLP Program Manager with logistical and programming support. This may include formatting, editing, and drafting documents, translation, website and database management, social media management, newsletter distribution, public speaking, communication with program participants, designing presentations and posters, and event planning.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:  
-Bilingual proficiency in spoken and written Japanese and English
-Commit at least 16 hours per week  (at least 10 hours in person in the office and 6 hours remotely)  for a minimum of five months
-Maintain good academic standing at an accredited university, college, or technical program

-Interest in working in a bilingual and bicultural working environment

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line:  TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP) Intern Application.   
For more information, click here.

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 - October 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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