September 27, 2016
Sumitomo Corporation has been participating since 2014 in the TOMODACHI Initiative, a Japan-US exchange project directed by the U.S. Embassy and the U.S.-Japan Council, and has been supporting Japanese exchange students studying at the US universities through the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program.
On July 13, 2016, a debriefing by five students who participated in the second round of this program as well as a ceremony to award scholarships to ten third-round students were held at Sumitomo Corporation's Tokyo head office.
The debriefing featured presentations in English by five students on what they had learned during nine months of study at the US universities and the changes they had undergone during their stay in the US. At the scholarship award ceremony, ten students selected for third-round received scholarship award certificates from Masao Tabuchi, Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Corporation. The certificate recipients then spoke about their aspirations for their overseas studies and their dreams for the future, saying "I hope to develop a well-rounded character through interactions with local students," and "I want to acquire the knowledge needed to resolve food issues."
Sumitomo Corporation has thus far supported eight university students via this program, which will be expected to provide the global leaders who can serve as bridges between Japan and the U.S. and play active roles there.
The President and CEO Kuniharu Nakamura told the second-round students now back home in Japan: "I hope you will value the relationships with the people you have met through this opportunity, and I ask you to support the students who follow after you."
The third-round students will be studying for 9 months at universities across the US.