The American and Japanese participants of the 2014 TOMODACHI US-Japan Youth Exchange Program gathered in Tokyo to present their experiences on the program. The American students from Washington, DC were at the end of their two-week program in Japan, and had recently returned from the disaster-affected areas of Tohoku, where they had learned from local non-profits. Participants shared their stories in front of U.S. Embassy Tokyo Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Hyland and U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye.
American students were deeply moved by the stories of those who survived the earthquake and tsunami as well as the various work being done by people to help the economic recovery in the region. They announced a plan for an exhibit in March 2015, in Washington, DC to talk about their visit to Japan and to reflect on their visit to Tohoku.
The program concluded with remarks given by Hirofumi Yokoi, Chief Executive Officer of the Akira Foundation, the organization responsible for coordinating the program in Japan. “We hope you have achieved the goals set for yourself two weeks ago. We understand how a TOMODACHI program can change lives, especially for the youth participants.”
*Source: TOMODACHI HP (http://usjapantomodachi.org/2014/11/13981/)
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