2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program Application

Please read carefully and complete the form below to apply for the 2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program.


Important Dates

Please make note of these important dates when submitting your application.

  • Application deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2018, 11:59 pm PDT
  • Application review period: July - August
  • Notifications: Late August via email to all applicants
  • Pre-Conference Orientation Call: Date TBD
  • 2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference: November 6-10 in Tokyo, Japan



Candidates for the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program should meet the following criteria:

  • Japanese American professionals 24-35 years of age at the time of the Conference
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
  • Applicants must reside in the United States or Japan, and must be available to travel to Tokyo for the Annual Conference in November
  • Selected applicants from the United States must have a valid passport or obtain one prior to the Conference at their own expense
  • Strong interest in U.S.-Japan relations as demonstrated through professional, academic, extra-curricular or community involvement
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Commitment to remain involved in U.S.-Japan relations by engaging in U.S.-Japan Council programs and initiatives, and other activities regionally and nationally

In making the final selection, the following will also be given consideration:

  • Regional representation
  • Gender balance
  • Diversity of professional backgrounds and experience in U.S.-Japan relations
  • Diversity of experience in Japan, including first time travelers and those with moderate to extensive experience


What you receive

Selected applicants will receive transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and Conference registration. Additionally, at the Conference they will become U.S.-Japan Council Associates with the first year's membership dues waived (membership is normally by invitation and nomination).


What you need to apply

Please have the following documents ready upon submission of your application below. All materials must be in English.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation (limit 2, may be submitted separately via email)



  • Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • We are unable to make exceptions to the stated age criteria for participants
  • Please indicate if you will be living in a different city prior to the Conference in the provided box below for appropriate regional consideration
  • Selected applicants are expected to participate fully in all portions of the program


Application Form

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