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TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program

Risa was selected to take part in TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program during this spring break. She met Ambassador Kristie Kenney and visited the Lincoln Memorial. Her group won the top prize for their presentation. Congratulations!


TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program is a program hosted by the U.S Embassy and U.S-Japan Council to foster globalized women leaders. Selected students attend monthly meetings held over 6 months, and at the end of the program, are given the opportunity to go to Washington DC and New York for a total of 10 days. In the U.S, students attend workshops held by women CEOs and government workers, and are also required to complete a concluding group project at the end of the program.






Stonewall Japan

Varun Khanna got elected to the leadership council of ‘Stonewall Japan’ as the National Vice-President. He has been voluntarily involved with the organization for the last three years.


Stonewall Japan was originally created in the 1990’s and has expanded to be a community, support and advocacy group for the Gender and Sexual Minorities in Japan, and consists of any ‘rainbow-oriented individuals’ (academics, journalists, teachers, business people, students etc.) who dream of living in and making this world a more accepting place for everyone.

Varun wants to make Stonewall Japan a better and stronger organization during his one year term as the Vice President by providing and creating avenues for more funding, visibility, academy, advocacy, accountability, community, support and membership.


Varun, giving a seminar on LGBT World Affairs at the National University of Singapore's APRU Forum

Our international students and Professor Beverley Yamamoto at the Rainbow Pride Event in Kansai


The result of the second round of screening

We completed the second round of screening and sent the notification to the applicants last week.


Internship at the Embassy

After interning in Singapore, Asami started to work as a student intern at the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Tokyo, Japan. She takes part in various kinds of projects and turns in a report every week. This week she joined FOODEX JAPAN, the international food and beverage event at Makuhari Messe.



Experimental Learning in Nepal

Here are some snaps from Katunge village which is in the hills in earthquake-damaged Nepal. During this spring beak Rob Kuipers and Varun Khanna are interning with Future Village NPO Nepal where they are overseeing the community disaster redevelopment projects for schools and homes.nepal3 nepal2 napal1