Learn Entrepreneurship In Japan With This Exchange Program

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Learn Entrepreneurship In Japan With This Exchange Program

Want to go to Japan for entrepreneurship? Or maybe your a Japanese student that want to come to USA for entrepreneurship or meeting new business related companies and people. A Japanese group named Tomodachi-mitsui is now accepting applicants for their entrepreneur/leadership exchange program. Just like the title says, it is an exchange program where students travel between Japan and USA with other entrepreneurs to meet businesses. The application deadline is April 11th for US entrepreneurs, and April 18th for Japanese entrepreneurs.

Leadership/Entrepreneur Exchange Program

The creators of this exchange program believes that country relationship is the future of the world, so they put this problem so that entrepreneurs can learn from each other’s culture.

Ten Americans and ten Japanese aged 35 or younger and representing the public and private sectors will travel to each others’ country for one week to engage as a group and meet with established and up-and-coming leaders from business and government.

The American delegation will travel to Fukuoka and Tokyo, and the Japanese delegation will travel to Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Guided by the 2014 program theme “Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Industrial Development,” the leadership delegations will focus on entrepreneurship, technology, trade, energy, and infrastructure, and their role in U.S.-Japan cooperation.

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It seems as if a lot of focus is going to be inside Silicon Valley with the bigger tech companies. Yay for the startups! If you get in with the America to Japan program, you will have the chance to live in Japan for a while and visit the tech companies there as well.

Eligibility

The program is suppose to be hard to get in. They look for people with exceptional leadership skills and they also give priority to certain cities. Here are the requirements for the American applicants.

Ten Americans representing the public and private sectors will travel to Fukuoka and Tokyo for one week to engage as a group and meet with established and up-and-coming leaders from business and government.

Schedule

Trip Dates (including travel): June 20-28, 2014

Program Orientation (attendance is mandatory): May 16-17, 2014 in Los Angeles

- Transportation, hotel, and meals will be provided
- Delegates are required to attend all meetings and events during the trip.
- As a rule, spouses and family members are not permitted to accompany delegates during the official trip.

As time/schedules permit, participants from both delegations will meet during their respective trips to the other country and may also observe other TOMODACHI Initiative activities in progress. Selected individuals may participate as speakers or attendees at events scheduled by the TOMODACHI Initiative, U.S.-Japan Council, or Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Recognized as leaders or active in their respective fields.
Experienced or recognized for their potential to contribute to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations from a business or government perspective.
Candidates should be 35 or younger.
For this year’s participants from the United States, priority will be given (but not limited) to applicants who reside in:
Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu, Nashville, Texas
Candidates who do not meet all of the above criteria may still be considered if they demonstrate outstanding qualifications.

The U.S.-Japan Council will approve the final ten delegates from each country, taking into consideration recommendations made by various government, private, and corporate advisors. Delegates will be encouraged to remain connected with each other and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations following their participation in this program.

For The Japanese Applicants

Schedule

Trip Dates (including travel): September 7-15, 2014

Program Orientation (attendance is mandatory): June 26-28, 2014 in Tokyo

- Transportation, hotel, and meals will be provided
- Delegates are required to attend all meetings and events during the trip.
- As a rule, spouses and family members are not permitted to accompany delegates during the official trip.

As time/schedules permit, participants from both delegations will meet during their respective trips to the other country and may also observe other TOMODACHI Initiative activities in progress. Selected individuals may participate as speakers or attendees at events scheduled by the TOMODACHI Initiative, U.S.-Japan Council, or Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Recognized as leaders or active in their respective fields.
Experienced or recognized for their potential to contribute to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations from a business or government perspective.
Candidates should be 35 or younger.
For this year’s participants from Japan, priority consideration will be given (but not limited) to applicants who reside in:
Aichi, Fukuoka, Iwate, Okayama, Okinawa
Japanese participants must be proficient in English
Candidates who do not meet all of the above criteria may still be considered if they demonstrate outstanding qualifications.

The U.S.-Japan Council will approve the final ten delegates from each country, taking into consideration recommendations made by various government, private, and corporate advisors. Delegates will be encouraged to remain connected with each other and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations following their participation in this program.

Japan has one of the biggest economy and technology in the world, it would be a great learning experience for those entrepreneurs that are seeking more opportunities.

Submit resume electronically to: TOMODACHI-Mitsui@usjapancouncil.org

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