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UH Hilo students attend Tomodachi Daiwa House Leadership Conference

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Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Three University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students were recently selected to participate in a student leadership conference sponsored by the Tomodachi Daiwa House.

Kye Harford, Haruka Kono and Kotaro Yogi were among 40 students nationwide selected to attend the conference, which was held in Los Angeles, CA April 5-8, 2018. All expenses were covered for the participants.

The theme of the conference was “US-Japan Business and Community Partnerships: Practical Insights for Tomorrow’s Global Leaders.” It brought together students with personal, academic and/or professional interests in US-Japan relations. The focus was on broadening participants’ understanding of US-Japan relations, sharing leadership lessons, and imparting skills to help prepare them for global careers. In trainings and workshops, students built cross-cultural networking skills and explored leadership values, learned about career opportunities from leaders representing a variety of sectors, and met like-minded peers.

Harford and Yogi plan to graduate from UH Hilo in May 2018. Harford is a Geology major while Yogi is pursuing a Linguistics degree and certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Kono is a sophomore studying Biology. All three are international students originally from Japan.

The Tomodachi Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. It aims to foster a generation of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening US-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.


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