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Update from Team TOMODACHI
September 2019

Twenty High School Students from All Over Japan Learn About Leadership and Dreams in the U.S. 

Twenty high school students, selected from across Japan, participated in the TOMODACHI Honda Global Leadership Program from August 17 to 31, 2019.  

Before flying to the U.S., participants took part in a pre-departure program, researched site visit locations and gave presentations on their findings, practiced introducing their schools, and crafted rules for the group. In the U.S., inspired by the theme “The Power of Dreams,” Honda’s corporate slogan, the students took part in various programs designed to enhance their global leadership skills and prepare participants to navigate their own lives, challenge themselves, and make their dreams come true.

The first half of the U.S. program took place in Dublin, Ohio, where participants received a warm welcome from Honda Motor Co., Ltd and Dublin Coffman High School families and experienced homestays. Read More>>

The Next Generation of U.S. and Japanese Leaders Gather for the 2019 TOMODACHI Generation Summit

On September 8, the 2019 TOMODACHI Generation Summit was held at Showa Women’s University and Temple University Japan Campus in Tokyo under the theme of “TOMODACHI Era: Climbing the Summit Together -- How will YOU step into the new era?”
As the year 2019 marked the beginning of the new Reiwa Era in Japan, along with the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Tokyo next year, this Summit aimed to inspire each participant and encourage them to take proactive steps in this new era and look toward the post-2020 era and beyond.
Despite two typhoons hitting the island of Japan during the weekend, the event gathered 227 people together, including TOMODACHI alumni (past program participants), speakers, workshop facilitators, regional representatives, guests, and supporters. The day-long event was comprised of a variety of sessions, including TED-style talks, presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. This event, created by alumni, for alumni, is a signature event of the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. Read More>>

The Latest on TOMODACHI Programs and Activities

Participants from Across Japan Come Together to Present Business Plans at the 9th U.S. Embassy - Keio SFC - TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar

From August 18 to 21, 2019, the 9th U.S. Embassy-Keio SFC-TOMODACHI Entrepreneurship Seminar was held at Kawasaki-NEDO INNOVATION CENTER (K-NIC), a support base for innovative entrepreneurs.
Funded by the Boeing Company, this educational entrepreneurship program was founded to foster next generation leaders who aspire to reconstruct, revitalize, and develop the future of Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Following the pre-seminars, which began in April 2019, 14 teams consisting of 37 high school and university students from 18 schools all over Japan were selected to participate in the four-day seminar. During the seminar, the participants learned how to confidently express their ideas and opinions through their presentations, and created business plans through strong teamwork improved by close and frequent team communication. Read More>>

TOMODACHI Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassador’s Program 2019- Six Students from Texas Visit Sendai

From August 7 to15, 2019, six high school students from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, aged 15 to 18, Japan took part in the TOMODACHI Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassador’s Program 2019, part of the TOMODACHI NAJAS Grassroots Exchange Programs organized by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (JASDFW).

This one-week exchange program took place in Dallas and the surrounding area. The students were accompanied by two chaperones from the Sendai Tourism, Convention, and International Association (SenTIA). 
The purpose of the program is to further friendship between the people of Dallas and Sendai, which are International Friendship Cities, while cultivating young leaders who will become future stewards of the U.S.-Japan relationship. 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.

Register for the USJC Kansai Business Forum “Furthering Kansai-US Business Ties”  in Osaka

The U.S.-Japan Council is proud to announce the first USJC Kansai Business Forum, convening leaders spanning business, government, academia and non-profit sectors to discuss how we can further Kansai-US business ties. The discussions will cover both the economic outlook of Kansai for 2025 and beyond as well as opportunities to further the business relationship between Kansai and the U.S.
Consul General Karen Kelley will be sharing the U.S.’s mission to deepen economic and trade relations with Kansai businesses. Renowned economist Mr. Robert Feldman will explore the current economies of Kansai, Japan, and the globe, and will join fellow panelists in examining the track record of and future opportunities for the commercial relationship between Kansai and the U.S.
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 18:30 – 20:30 (Doors open at 18:00)
Venue: Hilton Osaka, 4F KIN Banquet Room
Robert Alan Feldman 
- Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.
Karen Kelley - Consul General, American Consulate General Osaka-Kobe
Soichiro Seki - Senior Managing Director, Kansai Economic Federation
Tasha A. Yorozu - Managing Attorney, Yorozu Law Group, PC
※Free admission / Simultaneous interpretation provided

Click here to apply
For more information, click here

Supporting organizations: The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives and Kansai Economic Federation
Upcoming Programs and Events

August – December

October 4

October 11

October 17

October 25

October 26 – 27

November 1

November 8

November 15

November 26

November 30 –
December 1


TOMODACHI Disability Leadership Program in America (Boston, Massachusetts)

TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program Session 2 (Naha, Okinawa)

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

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

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

TOMODACHI High School Women Career Mentoring Program in Fukushima: Step2 (Tokyo)

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

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

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

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

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

TOMODACHI Alumni Activities
TOMODACHI Alumni Meet with JAXA Astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata at the 18th U.S.-Japan Council Business Advisory Board Meeting

On September 11, 2019, four TOMODACHI program alumni were invited to attend the 18th U.S.-Japan Council Business Advisory Board (BAB) Meeting in Tokyo, which was attended by over 50 industry leaders and featured a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Koichi Wakata, JAXA Vice President and record-holder for longest space-flight by a Japanese astronaut.

Dr. Wakata went into specifics about his training for JAXA, especially its emphasis on teamwork. He explained that teamwork was critical to mission success, as any tension that might crop up would be substantially amplified by the narrow confines of the ISS and the long duration of the trip.

Dr. Wakata also explored the commercial applications of space exploration, predicting that rather than space tourism, the greatest profit in the near future would be found in utilizing LEO (Low Earth Orbit) for marketing and scientific research by private entities. Read More>>

Lunch Reception at the Principal Officer’s Residence, U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka

On September 9, 2019, a lunch reception was hosted by John C. Taylor, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, where he was joined by Yuki Kondo-Shah, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, as well as five alumni from various U.S. Department of State international exchange programs, including the Fulbright Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Also present among these five alumni was Kazunori Kuraoka, an alumnus of the 2018 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program. They received a warm welcome as the first official guests at Mr. Taylor’s residence at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka. 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 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

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 - September 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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