Sumitomo Corporation participates in the TOMODACHI Initiative, a Japan-US exchange project led by the US Embassy in Tokyo and the US-Japan Council (japan), and since 2014 has been implementing the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program to develop human resources able in future to take on active roles globally. This Program covers airfare and living expenses for students participating in a year-long exchange scheme based on mutual agreements between certain Japanese and US universities to waive tuition.
This Program not only provides financial support but also allows students to participate in training conducted by Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) during their year abroad and thereby provides them with experiences unavailable on campus. Students joining in the training conducted in New York and Washington, DC, interacted with SCOA employees and enjoyed a one-night stay in an employee's home during semester vacation. With the cooperation of the US-Japan Council (japan), they were also able to meet people from various walks of life, including US and Japanese government officials, Congressional staff, and NGO personnel, and to exchange views with them.
In the hope that this Program will offer stimulation and growth to many of the young people who will lead the next generation, Sumitomo Corporation pledges its continued support.
With Ms.Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council (the one on the far right)
With Professor Hugh Patrick of Columbia University (second from left)
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership led by the US-Japan Council (Japan) and the US Embassy in Tokyo. Born out of support for Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs.