TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference

The TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference is a unique leadership development opportunity designed to mentor and nurture future leaders in the United States and Japan.  This conference enables Japanese and American undergraduate and graduate students currently studying at a U.S. college or university to come together for leadership and development training. The conference aims to strengthen and encourage community among students in the region, enhance cross-cultural awareness and build the people-to-people ties that are so important to the future of our bilateral relationship.


2016 TOMODACHI Student Leadership Conference

"U.S.-Japan Relations in the South: Transforming Communities for the Future"

April 8 - 10, 2016 | Dallas, Texas


This conference brings together students with personal, academic and/or professional interests in U.S.-Japan relations. Panels and breakout session will explore the diverse ways the U.S.-Japan relationship plays out in the South. In trainings and workshops, students will build cross-cultural networking skills and explore leadership values, learn about career opportunities from leaders in a variety of sectors, and meet like-minded peers from across Texas and Arkansas.

To learn more about the program, please download the informational packet here.



American and Japanese undergraduate/graduate students attending a college/university in Texas or Arkansas:

  • from any class year or major field of study (those studying U.S.- Japan relations or similar topics are strongly encouraged to apply)
  • who are passionate about and want to contribute to strengthening U.S.- Japan relations
  • interested in networking and career-building opportunities with diverse students and international leaders



Transportation to and from the conference site, accommodation, and meals during the conference will be provided free of cost to all participants.


How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the online application.

For more information on last year's Conference, click here.

For inquiries, please email Patrick Hall at