TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda announce 2015 TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program

The TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. are pleased to announce the “TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program.” The program will showcase Honda’s unique way of supporting the education and development of future leaders of the Japan-U.S. relationship through an experiential learning program theme “Music as a Universal Language.”

Guided by Honda’s corporate slogan “The Power of Dreams,” the three-year partnership will help forge friendships and deepen understanding between people in the U.S. and Japan while giving renewed hope to young people from the disaster-hit Tohoku, region of Japan.

Fully funded by Honda, this program will be implemented for a three-year period between 2014 and 2017. This year, the program is will send 15 Japanese high school students from the disaster-affected prefecture of Miyagi to Los Angeles, California for a two week exchange program from December 25 2014 to January 8, 2015.

In addition to homestays in the U.S. and other cultural experiences, the students from the TOMODACHI Initiative will participate in an iconic American New Year’s tradition, the historic Rose Parade sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Interested students are encouraged to apply for the TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program via the link below or sending an application by mail to the following address. The due date for application is August 24, 2014. The participants will be announced by September 12, 2014.

Online application link:
Mailing Address:

〒102-0093 東京都千代田区平河町1-4-3 平河町伏見ビル3F
公益社団法人 日本国際生活体験協会(EIL)
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Federation The Experiment in International Living (EIL)
1-4-3 Hirakawa-cho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 102-0093

About the TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, which invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The TOMODACHI Initiative seeks to foster the “TOMODACHI Generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-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, secure world. Website:

For questions regarding this press release:

Honda Motor Co., Ltd: 81-3-5412-1514
TOMODACHI Initiative: