On June 26, the orientation for the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy (TTA) was held in Tokyo, welcoming Council Leader Michael Bosack as the featured speaker.
Mr. Bosack shook the hands of each participant as he greeted them. He described U.S.-Japan relations as the "most important relationship in the world," commenting on the importance of the role of Japanese students as liaisons between the United States and Japan. Comparing U.S.-Japan relations to personal relationships, Mr. Bosack discussed how essential it is for young people--as well as countries--to be there for one another in times of need. Countries and people "cannot achieve anything without help [from one another]," he said.
Mr. Bosack shaking the hand of a student
Mr. Bosack also touched upon the future of STEM. He encouraged the students to pursue their interests in STEM programs and careers, and emphasized the importance of creativity, understanding and companionship in the field. Many of the participants said that they are eager to broaden their knowledge and experience through this program, and communicate with others around the world.
TTA is a one-week, cross-cultural STEM exchange and leadership program for high school students and teachers from Japan and the United States. This year's program will be held in Tokyo in August, where program participants from both countries will work together to develop a disaster-resilient, smart community of the future.