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.


2017 TOMODACHI Student Leadership Conference

"Industry, Investment and Cross-Cultural Engagement: Developing Leaders for the Future of U.S.-Japan Relations in the Midwest"

October 20 - 22, 2017 | Chicago, Illinois


This regional conference brings together students with personal, academic and/or professional interests in U.S.-Japan relations. The three-day conference focuses on broadening their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations, sharing leadership lessons, imparting skills to help prepare them for their first jobs, and encouraging them to stay engaged in U.S.-Japan relations. 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 the Midwest.



American and Japanese undergraduate/graduate students attending a college/university in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, MI, OH and WI):

  • 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