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Building the TOMODACHI Generation 
Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program

Building the TOMODACHI Generation is an intensive, two-week program designed for Japanese students with an interest in leadership training, cross-cultural exchange, and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social challenges.


The program is a partnership between The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) in Washington, D.C. and the U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI), and is administered by TWC. The program is funded solely by Morgan Stanley through the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative. Between 2014 and 2016, Morgan Stanley joined the Fund for Exchanges companies (Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd.) to support phase one of this program.


The program engages 12 Japanese students and 9 U.S. students, and is an outstanding opportunity to:

  • Understand the concept of civil society, its potential to address social issues, as well as the role and function of civil society in the U.S. and Japan.
  • Enhance teamwork and collaboration skills by working as part of an international team (U.S. and Japanese) and developing an initiative or project that uses cross-sector partnerships to support the long-term recovery of the Tohoku region and strengthen civil society.

  • Strengthen key global skills such as cross-cultural understanding, leadership, social responsibility, innovation, problem-solving, critical thinking, public speaking, communication and networking skills through participation in guided teambuilding exercises, discussions, workshops, a capstone project and other program activities.

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