AFJ and American Councils continue to work together on TOMDACHI Youth Exchange Program
12 February 2014
Tokyo, Japan

Akira Foundation (AFJ) and American Councils for International Education (American Councils) agreed to continue to work together in the TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program for the period 2014-2015.

The agreement was reached and confirmed between the two parties on February 12, 2014 via a conference call. The memorandum of understanding and the project agreement will follow by AFJ President Hirofumi Yokoi and American Councils Chief Strategy and Development Officer Miriam Parel. It paves the way for a collaborative partnership between the two nonprofit organizations involved in international education, social innovation, and cultural exchange.

The new agreement will run from April 18, 2014 until April 17, 2015.

American Councils for International Education intends to explore the U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program, a hands-on, service-based exchange program that will send six selected Keio Shonan Fujisawa high school students and a teacher from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. in summer 2014, and bring six selected high school students and a teacher from Washington, D.C. to Tokyo in fall 2014.

For more details on the program that took place last year, please visit the sites at:



* The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership forged after the Great East Japan Earthquake and led by the U.S. Government, the Japanese Government and the U.S.-Japan Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. (