May 22, 2019
Tokyo – The Embassy of the United States of America, Tokyo, announced today that it has formed a partnership with WeWork Japan G.K and the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) to host public programming at WeWork locations across Japan. Building off a series of successful events hosted at WeWork locations by both the U.S. Embassy and the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership between the Embassy and the U.S.-Japan Council, this initiative will improve the U.S. Embassy’s ability to reach new audiences and support all aspects of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Embassy of the United States Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Carolyn Glassman said, “Our partnership with WeWork and the U.S.-Japan Council is a big step forward in our new strategy to expand the reach of all aspects of U.S. Embassy programs. We are excited to work with our TOMODACHI partners, as well as a leading U.S. business investing in Japan, to create new ways to connect the people of Japan with the United States.”
Beginning in May 2019, the U.S. Embassy began hosting events open to WeWork members and the general public at different WeWork locations in the Tokyo area. Through this partnership, the U.S. Embassy will be able to work further with WeWork’s community in support of U.S. priorities in Japan. Potential programs include specialists and subject matter experts on topics ranging from business, to science and technology, to education, and more.
“We are excited to deepen our partnership with the U.S. Embassy,” said Chris Hill, CEO of WeWork Japan. “Along with the U.S.-Japan Council, who recently became members at our WeWork Tokyu Yotsuya location, we look forward to collaborating further on programming that will strengthen connections, inspire new ideas, and create new cultures among the WeWork community members in Japan, in America, and across the world.”
Irene Hirano Inouye, Representative Director and President of the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan), added, “We are so excited to work with the U.S. Embassy and WeWork in showcasing the life-changing impact of the TOMODACHI Initiative on young people and communities across Japan and the United States. This partnership has the potential to expand dramatically our efforts to develop the ‘TOMODACHI Generation’ – the next generation leaders of the U.S.-Japan relationship.”