The TOMODACHI Summer 2016 SoftBank Leadership Program is currently under way in Berkeley, California. 100 Japanese high school students from the disaster affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima are staying on the campus of UC Berkeley for an intensive three-week workshop focused on global leadership development and community service.
Mr. Morishita addressing the students
A number of USJC members in the region support this program, which has taken place every summer since 2012. On July 22 this year, Council Leader Leroy Morishita, President of California State University, East Bay, addressed the students at the opening ceremony of the program. He shared his experience as a Sansei growing up in California, visiting Japan for the first time as a youth, and learning how to think creatively while he studied at UC Berkeley. "Our hope is that you will gain self-confidence to become leaders in your community," he said. "So take chances, speak up, think outside the box, and imagine that there are no limits to what you can do."