TOMODACHI Summer SoftBank Leadership Program

Developed by Ayusa, the TOMODACHI Summer SoftBank Leadership program is a three-week summer program providing full scholarships for Japanese high school students from areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami to live and study at the University of California, Berkeley. This intensive program will focus on global leadership development and community service.

The program, which was developed in partnership with the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools and will be fully funded by Softbank Corp., a large telecommunications company in Japan run by Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, a 1980 graduate of UC Berkeley who majored in economics. 

The program will provide a campus-based leadership course concentrated on developing powerful social advocates. Students will learn leadership skills and develop volunteer community service projects to implement in their home communities. Along with acquiring the skills to lead, students will be exposed to inspiring role models and situations focused on motivating and equipping them to assume leadership roles upon returning home. The program will feature extensive contact with Americans through the academic program, a weekend homestay, social and sightseeing activities, along with exposure to American culture and values.

Prior to departure, students and parents will participate in in-depth orientations. Students will travel to the United States with Japanese chaperones, who will accompany and provide support throughout the program.

For additional information on this program, including application procedures, please use the following resources:

View Press Release with additional program information.

U.S.- Japan Council (in English)
U.S.Embassy (in English)
TOMODACHI student recruitment website (in Japanese)