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November 2013, TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program

Earth Camp hosted U.S. high school students visiting Japan through the TOMODACHI Initiative U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program in November. Our members also as local coordinators for the 3-week program, had the opportunity to welcome the young leaders to a two-day program in Minamisanriku.
Their first time stepping foot into the tsunami-stricken region of Tohoku, they learned at first hand its issues and efforts toward recovery, beginning with learning from a local high schooler and founder of a “kataribe” organisation about her experience of the tsunami and her hope of starting her organisation, followed by experiencing the coexistence of humans and nature through the experience of local fishery. With such first-hand interaction with the townspeople, together, students discussed present issues and how to make it better.

On the final day of the program, students presented about their 3-week experience in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Tohoku, finishing off with creative business models for the revitalisation of the Tohoku region.
Although the program has come to an end, their challenge has only begun. The young global leaders will bring back their experience to the U.S. and take action!

 

■ TOMODACHI Initiative(http://usjapantomodachi.org
“The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs.”

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