TOMODACHI BEYOND Tomorrow Global Leadership Academy 2013
Global Fund for Education Assistance held the TOMODACHI BEYOND Tomorrow Global Leadership Academy 2013 in March 2013 under the partnership with the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership led by the U.S. Embassy and U.S.-Japan Council. Out of the roughly 400 students who travelled to the U.S. with the TOMODACHI Initiative in the summer of 2012, 70 gathered in Tokyo for a three day discussion program in which they learned about global agendas and discussed what roles they could play in addressing those issues.
- To provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of global agendas, discuss and think about what actions are necessary to address those issues.
- To have the participants contemplate what future role they would like to fill in society and come up with a concrete vision for themselves.
- To provide participants who travelled to the U.S. on different programs with an opportunity to share their experiences to create a sense of community as the “TOMODACHI Generation” that will help them all move forward toward a common future.
Dates and Locations
March 8 – 10, 2013
National Olympics Memorial Youth Center(Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
COREDO Nihonbashi (Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Tokyo American Club (Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Participating Students: 70
Seventy high school and university students from Tohoku who visited the U.S. in the summer of 2012 through various programs under the TOMODACHI Initiative, with the aspiration to become global leaders (selected through a rigorous application process).
University Student Team Leaders: 9
During the Academy, a group of undergraduates and graduates with diverse global experiences from universities across the country joined each team, and spent three days and two nights with the participants. The 9 team leaders each had long term study abroad experience, and through demonstrated high levels of consciousness regarding global issues, were selected from across the country through an application and phone interview process to provide guidance and advice to the participants.
|Dana Fager||Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University|
|Shoei Yoshida||Department of Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University|
|Yohei Noji||Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University|
|Yukimune Oji||Department of Humanities, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University|
|Katsutoshi Mizuta||Department of Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis, Faculty of Engineering, Soka University|
|Satoru Iida||Division of Arts and Science, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University|
|Makiko Yamashita||School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki|
|Hoko Horii||Department of Law, Faculty of Law, Keio University|
|Aika Asano||Faculty of Liberal Arts, Akita International University|
Dana Fager(Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University)
Dana came to Japan in September 2012 and is currently completing a one-year Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. After graduating from high school in 2007, she completed a nine-month gap-year program in Israel. In addition, as a university student she studied abroad for nine months at Konan University in Kobe. Dana believes that her various study abroad experiences have broadened her mind, and she aspires to manage and develop study abroad and international exchange programs during her career.
Shoei Yoshida(Department of Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University)
Beginning in January 2012, Shoei completed a one-year study abroad program in Sweden, and he just returned to Japan this past January. Although Sweden’s economy and politics are very different from those of the U.S., where the TOMODACHI Generation studied abroad last summer, Shoei used the commonality of his study abroad experience as a basis for fruitful interactions during the Academy.
Yohei Noji(Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
Yohei hails from Fukushima Prefecture. During his undergraduate years, he studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland for one year beginning in the summer of 2010. In the summer of 2012, he delivered a speech in front of U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and participated in the 64th Annual Japan-America Student Conference. Yohei believes that a key element to reconstruction efforts is investment in human capital, and he currently serves as an intern for the TOMODACHI Initiative at the US Embassy in Tokyo.
Yukimune Oji(Department of Humanities, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University)
From February 2012 to January 2013, Yukimune participated in an exchange program at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His hobby is backpacking, and he has been to 17 different countries during his travels. In the future Yukimune hopes to continue making new friends and enjoying new experiences while travelling the world.
Katsutoshi Mizuta(Department of Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis, Faculty of Engineering, Soka University)
Beginning in March 2011, Katsutoshi completed a study abroad program at the University of Washington in the U.S., where he studied International Management. His study abroad experience included a three-month internship at the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, Katsutoshi is studying in the Department of Environmental Engineering for Symbiosis. As a part of his studies he handles Jatropha, a plant whose raw materials are used in making plant fuel, and he is conducting a joint research program with a company. His future dream is to establish an agricultural business in Africa that grows plants used in production of a global fuel supply.
Satoru Iida(Division of Arts and Science, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University)
Satoru studied abroad in Michigan , the U.S., for one year during his second year in high school. He currently belongs to the Frisbee club at his university. As a member of the up-and-coming generation, he wants to fulfill his role and do whatever he can to support the world. With study abroad experience in the U.S. in common with the Academy participants, Satoru decided to join the Academy to share what he learned first hand in the U.S.
Makiko Yamashita(School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki)
As a first year high school student, Mariko received a Morita Scholarship Foundation grant to study abroad for one year in Nuremburg, Germany through the organization YFU. She participated as a Japanese delegate in the 62nd Japan-America Student Conference during her third year of university, and as a fourth year student, she spent three weeks training at the Oregon Health and Science University through the Japan Association for Development of Community Medicine. This year, Makiko participated in a clinical reasoning workshop at the University of Hawaii through the Noguchi Medical Research Institute. She is also scheduled to complete a one-month of training program on pediatrics this June at the University of California, Irvine.
Hoko Horii(Department of Law, Faculty of Law, Keio University)
Hoko studied abroad at Leiden University in the Netherlands for one year beginning in September 2011, where she studied International Law and International Development. When she was looking for opportunities to use her specialization in law to provide financial support to developing countries, she became interested in supporting the establishment of law, and after graduating from Keio University she plans to pursue this new field for her master’s studies. During her undergraduate years Hoko participated in AIESEC and various other activities that include members from around the world.
Aika Asano(Faculty of Liberal Arts, Akita International University)
From the time she became a second grade student in elementary school, Aika has been involved in volunteer activities, and in junior high school she founded a group that plays a hand in designing regional volunteer activities. After her activities gained recognition, she was appointed as a United States Volunteer Goodwill Ambassador. As a first-year student in high school she participated in an international conference. During high school, Aika studied abroad for one year at the Washington, D.C. High School of Fine Arts in the United States, where she majored in vocal music. While abroad, she performed in the White House Christmas Concert and as a member of a back-up chorus for Stevie Wonder.
Throughout the three-day Academy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees joined the program as mentors and took part in the participants’ discussion. The mentors supported the participants’ discussions regarding the global agenda, and while steering the participants toward specific ideas, they also provided advice on a variety of topics, from the students’ future visions to careers as working members of society.
The Academy provided the participating students with an opportunity to gain vital input from leaders who are active in respective fields to develop proposals for addressing global agendas; energy, food, and water. Experts with the experience of making a difference in these fields were invited to share their perspectives with the students.
Sharing Disaster and TOMODACHI Experiences
Student representatives from each TOMODACHI program shared their experiences from the earthquake and from their trips to America.
Sanuma High School
TOMODACHI-MUFG Summer International Exchange Program
After the earthquake I felt as though my spirit was weakening, so I went to the U.S. and while there rediscovered the will to live, stronger than ever before. In addition, during my two weeks in the U.S., my values changed.
Miyagi First Senior High School
TOMODACHI Summer English Language Study Program
That summer, everyone who went to the U.S. must have learned something important. I believe that we have the power to change Tohoku and the world, and I am ready to take a step forward toward my future.
Ishinomaki Senshu University
TOMODACHI Summer 2012 BEYOND Tomorrow U.S. Program – Reconstruction and Planning
The past cannot change the present, but the present can change the future into something that shines brilliantly.By realizing this new dream, I believe I am giving back to my beloved father.
Naha Nishi High School
TOMODACHI Summer Softbank Leadership Program
As I express my gratitude to everyone who taught me the importance of not fearing failure, I want to continue on with no reservation in the circumstances in which I have been placed.
Miyako High School
TOMODACHI Summer 2012 Coca-Cola Homestay Study Program
I would like to face my future goals and live my life to its fullest extent so some day I can stand in front of the family altar and tell my grandmother with confidence that I gained something precious ‘thanks to’ the disaster.
Theme: What can the participating students do to address the global issues of energy, food, and water, all of which will be scarce as the world population increases?
Based on this theme, participating students, divided into 9 teams, developed actionable proposals and delivered presentations on the last day of the Academy.
- In accordance with the theme assigned to your team, examine what the root of the issue is.
- What can you, as the young generation, do in order to address this issue?
- As a result of the foundation of this student alliance, what measures would you like to implement?
What is the global agenda? Why is it important to think about the global agenda? In order to wrestle with these issues, the first step is to learn about a framework through which to consider the global agenda. Ms. Yoko Ishikura, a member of Global Agenda Council of the Davos Conference and Professor at the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, delivered a lecture for the students to discuss these important questions. (Lecture was carried out in Japanese-English bilingual.)
Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
I believe that the young generation is the one who is creating the future. The future is in your hands. Whether the world we will have in a decade or two is going to be a better one or not is really up to you.
Co-Founder & CEO, Kopernik
Throughout developing countries, having access to electricity is necessary for charging mobile phones, purifying water, and cooking, and it also leads to more opportunities for education and improves citizens’ standard of living in a variety of ways. Electricity not only creates light, but it also offers the chance to engage in new activities.
Co-founder, Think Tank Sophia Bank
Member of the Board, TABLE FOR TWO International
Co-chairperson of the Board, Global Fund for Education Assistance
In terms of social contribution, thinking too seriously will not lead to an increase in partners and your activities will not gain momentum. Food is something that can be enjoyed by both poor and rich people. The organization that is inspired by this idea is ‘TABLE FOR TWO’.
Secretary General, JEN
In certain villages in developing countries, improved access to clean water has brought about the opportunity for children to play. Play is an important part of children’s growth and development, both mentally and physically. Up until these villages had access to clean water, their children could not even play during their free time because of stomachaches and pains. Access to water has led not only to healthier children, but also to smiling faces and better upbringings.
Study Abroad Seminar
For many of the students who spent last summer in the U.S., the next step is to consider long-term study abroad. During the Academy, participants who are currently engaged in study abroad programs and a university student team leader presented their study abroad experiences with other participants. In addition, representatives from study abroad organizations gave presentations to participants, detailing specific study abroad opportunities.
AFS Intercultural Programs, Japan
First-hand Experiences in the Words of Study Abroad Participants
Dialogue with Leaders
The Academy invited young leaders from various fields to casually speak to students about their careers and social contribution.
|Komei Ishikawa||Research Division Manager, ETIC.|
|Kaoru Utada||Freelancer, Videographer|
|Takashi Kawazoe||Managing Director,Carepro, Inc.|
|Yohey Kawabe||Executive Officer/Producer/Illustrator Grapes Corp.|
|Daiju Takahashi||Chief Administrator, “Eat, and Energize the East”
Head of Overseas Business Department, Oisix Inc.
|Tsutomu Tamakawa||Vice president, Coffret Project Director, Lalitpur|
|Tomoko Teruya||CEO, NGO Yuimar|
|Toshihiro Nakamura||Co-Founder & CEO, Kopernik|
|Emmy Suzuki Harris||Founder and Campaigns Director, Change.org Japan|
Research Division Manager, ETIC.
Mr. Ishikawa was born in the town of Kira in Aichi Prefecture in 1983. He participated in ping-pong and hunting activities in Alaska in the U.S.. While at college, he began a start-up project selling dried seaweed and fishing nets. After taking part in M&A business projects at Accenture, he left Accenture and established a research division as the manager. In 2010, he also began planning ETIC. His work includes impact evaluation and policy proposals.
Born and raised in New York, Ms. Utada is a Nisei Japanese American. Wanting to become a bridge between Japan and America, she began working with Japanese media such as NHK and Fuji Television Network and presenting American news in Japan. After this, she decided she wanted to present Japanese news in America too, and she joined the Big Three Television Network’s ABC to work as a newscast producer in New York. After the earthquake, she volunteered in the cities of Rikuzentakata and Ofunato. Through these experiences, Ms. Utada realized she wanted to base herself in Japan, so last autumn she left ABC and became a freelancer.
Managing Director, Carepro, Inc.
In 2005, Mr. Kawazoe graduated from the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care at Keio University. After working at a business management consulting firm and Tokyo University Hospital, Mr. Kawazoe established Carepro, Inc. in 2007.
Executive Officer/Producer/Illustrator Grapes Corp.
Mr. Kawabe graduated from the Faculty of Education at Tokyo Gakugei University. After graduating he established an advertising agency, where he currently works. In addition to providing WEB services and his work as a digital contents producer, Mr. Kawabe also works as an illustrator creating characters. In 2012 he won the Tokyo Interactive Ad Award and the Yahoo Japan! Internet Creativity Award.
Chief Administrator, “Eat, and Energize the East”
Head of Overseas Business Department, Oisix Inc.
Mr. Takahashi started his professional career as diplomat in 1999. He was stationed in Washington DC from 2003 to 2005, taking charge of nuclear non-proliferation issues and the US-Japan alliance. Then he returned to Tokyo to deal with Japan-US trade negotiations until 2008. In 2008, he quit the Foreign Ministry to work as business consultant at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo, and engaged in agricultural projects as Engagement Manager. Right after the earthquake on March 11th, 2011, he took leave from McKinsey to engage in recovery operations in the devastated regions. After spending 3 months in the Tohoku region, he helped set up “Eat, and Energize the East”(EEE) as a platform to revitalize the agriculture, fishery, and food industries in the afflicted areas, and assumed Chief Administrator. In August 2011, he also joined Oisix Inc. to export Japanese food products to overseas markets.
Vice president, Coffret Project
Mr. Tamakawa hails from Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Tohoku University, he began working at Asahi Glass, where he engaged in developing next generation materials in the president’s office. Mr. Tamakawa had the chance to engage in various aspects of business operations, such as business management, marketing, and production management. He established, both within Japan and overseas, a consortium composed of fifteen companies. After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, he participated in the ETIC. As the project leader, he supported entrepreneurs and social ventures in Tohoku.
CEO, NGO Yuimar
As a student and member of the Asian Law Students Association JAPAN, Ms. Teruya represented Japan at international conferences in Washington DC, Bangkok, and Istanbul. She also began traveling to Mongolia in order to personally work toward solving the poverty and social problems she discussed at conferences. After entering the graduate school of law at Sophia University, she used the occasion of the bankruptcy of the “Sunlight Children” orphanage to take time off from school and found an NGO. At her development consulting company, she leads the JICA Chinese Anti-Trust Law preparation support project. In 2011, she was selected as one of the “30 leaders that will change the world” at the World Economic Forum.
Emmy Suzuki Harris
Founder and Campaigns Director, Change.org Japan
Raised in Japan through high school, Ms. Harris attended Yale University. After graduation, she worked for McKinsey & Company, the Obama Campaign, and then assisted in building the social incubator organization known as “Purpose.” In July 2012 Ms. Harris returned to Japan, where she currently works to expand the business operations of Change.org while serving as its chief executive.
Co-Founder & CEO, Kopernik
Mr. Nakamura has extensive experience in international development gained during his career with the United Nations. He has spent the past 10 years living in East Timor, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland working with the United Nations and dealt with governance reform, peace building processes and post-disaster reconstruction including the tsunami in Aceh and the Yogyakarta earthquake. Prior to joining the UN Mr. Nakamura was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an L.L.B from Kyoto University, Japan and Masters of Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is Guest Associate Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. He was selected as World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2012.
The Closing Plenary was held at Tokyo American Club (Minato-ku, Tokyo) on the last day of the Academy, where students gave the final presentations. 200 people, including leaders from various fields, gathered at the plenary, and the students received messages from the guests and delivered presentations in front of the leaders. The participating students had an opportunity to share the culmination of the three-day program with the exceptional leaders.
John V. Roos
U.S. Ambassador to Japan
You should be proud of yourselves for all that you’ve accomplished in the wake of immense tragedy. But it doesn’t end here. It doesn’t end with participating in a TOMODACHI program, or with what you’ve done these past few days. I want to challenge you to continue to work for the future of both Japan and the United States, for there is no more important relationship.
Managing Director, Branch Manager, Bank of America, N.A. Tokyo Branch
Through the TOMODACHI Summer Program, the students have had eye-opening experiences including home-stays with families in different parts of America, English language training, cultural exchange activities and university visits. We are so pleased that students who have participated in such rich cross cultural events have been able to build on that, reflect on that and join us here to analyze and work towards addressing a host of important global issues.
Broadcast Producer, Spector Communications
People often use the phrase “Once in a Lifetime,” but this Academy and the people you met in the U.S. are really once in a lifetime. When I was young I did not have any connection with Japan at all. But when I was in 5th grade, I became friends with a Japanese student at my school and that became my motivation to learn Japanese. That eventually led to me meeting my wife. Everything happened because of these kinds of small chance encounters. Everyone, treasure the people you have met here, and go build the future of Japan.
The Winning Team
Each 9 team delivered presentations at the Plenary, and the winning team was selected by the vote of the representatives from each table.
【The Winning Team】
Speech by Student Representatives
Leelanau School, U.S.A.
With everything my family left me with, I want to cherish every opportunity, believe in myself, and follow my inspirations.
My name is Ayaka Ogawa and I come from Kamaishi city in Iwate Prefecture. In the tsunami, I lost my entire family.
On March 11th, after the earthquake, I evacuated uphill with my mother and grandmother. However, the tsunami was right behind us. I ran and ran, and finally found myself alive. But, I could not find my mother and grandmother. Next morning, I walked on the debris calling for my mother and grandmother’s names. It was a devastating landscape.
After a few days, I learned that my sister died and also my father was missing. I had no idea what was going on but I understood that I was left alone. When I saw my sister, I put my hands on her cheeks and said thank you. My tears soaked her face. Then I looked for the rest of my family. I had to see many dead bodies. Later on, I found my father and grandmother but my mother and grandfather are still missing.
I asked myself: Why did I survive when all my family died? However, after the disaster, I met U.S. Ambassador Roos, BEYOND Tomorrow, and TOMODACHI Initiative. And my new dream is to become a fashion designer. Since last summer, I am studying in a high school in Michigan.
Living in the United States gave me strong desire to speak English. I want to study English so I can speak it fluently. I also learned that it is very important to speak up. I want people to know who I am and what I think. So I need to express myself well. I learned all these things about life from American people.
A chance is not something that one can take for granted.
On that day, I could have died. However, I am here today. And I did not survive myself but the fate let me survive. I lost so much but I gained so much. I am not afraid any more. There are many people that wanted to live yet died, but I am still alive.
I have received many opportunities from many people, and in the future, I want to be a person that can give other people chances. I want to contribute to the world. Becoming happy is the only thing I can do for my parents.
I am sure that many people feel sorry for me. But this is not how I would like to be. This frustration drives me forward.
2 years ago, I had no idea that I would be doing what I am doing today. Now I believe that everything happens for a reason. I feel like the 18 years before the disaster was a prelude to the life I started living after the disaster.
Since March 11, there has not been a day that I did not think of my family. With everything my family left me with, I want to cherish every opportunity, believe in myself, and follow my inspirations.
St. Timothy’s School, U.S.A.
“We, the TOMODACHI generation, will make the future of Tohoku, Japan, and the world”
Hello, everyone. My name is Atsuko Arimoto. I am from Okuma town in Fukushima where the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is located. Now, I live in Baltimore in the United States.
It is my great honor to have this opportunity to speak to you on behalf of all the students from Tohoku. American people helped Tohoku and thanks to the relief support we received from them, we are here today.
My home was only 3km away from the nuclear plant and therefore I had to move to another city. Okuma town was designated as no go zone due to high radiation levels and probably I cannot go back there any time soon. I lost my home, an ordinary life in my home town and got separated from friends and neighbors. My life changed completely on March 11th.
However, I never think I am unhappy. The disaster gave me chances to meet many people who guide me to new paths. With the help of TOMODACHI and BEYOND Tomorrow, I moved to the United States to go to boarding high school last year.
It was my first time to go to the United States, and I felt honored to finally meet American people who cared about Japan in the time of its greatest need.
My dream is to become a diplomat and work in the foreign service. In the world, there are many problems. It is difficult to solve all the problems at once. But we can move forward step by step.
Over the last 3 days, we were given opportunities to examine global issues and think about how to address them. Now, it is our responsibility to turn the debate into action.
This month, I am going to Dominican Republic for volunteer activities. To give back to people who helped Japan after the disaster, I want to be able to help others in need.
All of us in this room together, we can make a difference. We, the TOMODACHI generation, will make the future of Tohoku, Japan, and the world.
At the end of the Academy, participants had the chance to engage in dialogue with Jiro Seguchi, Country Executive for Japan, Bank of America Group, who shared both his comments on the students’ presentations and an inspiring personal message.
Country Executive for Japan, Bank of America Group
President and Representative Director, Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.
Going forward, I would like all of you to remember what you have experienced at the Academy, particularly the importance of taking action. Please continue to think about what you can do as a result of your unique experiences. If you do this, I believe you will eventually be able to spread your wings and become global leaders. And I will continue to support you in this endeavor.
TOMODACHI is a public-private partnership that supports Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties, and deepen the friendship between the United States and Japan over the long-term.
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