Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program

Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program

Uniting Japanese students to support the Tohoku region recovery, through teamwork and skills development. 

In 2011 one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded was centered off the coast of Japan. Six years later, the Tohuku region is still recovering. You can help the area overcome critical challenges while gaining valuable career skills, like cross-cultural understanding, leadership, teamwork and critical thinking.

Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program is sponsored and fully funded by Morgan Stanley through the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative. If you're a Japanese student attending one of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute's nine consortium universities, and you are interested in leadership training, cross-cultural exchange and entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social challenges this opportunity could not only change your life, but the lives of millions of Tohoku residents for generations to come.


To be eligible for this seminar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Japanese citizen and hold a valid passport.
  • Be enrolled in one of the following universities during the program: Doshisha University, Keio University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, Ritsumeikan University, Sophia University, The University of Tokyo, Tsukuba University or Waseda University. If you are studying abroad during the program, you are not eligible.
  • Demonstrate a desire to the contribute to reconstruction of the Tohoku region.

Program Components

During this two-week seminar, you'll take part in lectures, workshops, panel discussions and site visits. You'll engage with experts on civil society, build cross-sector partnerships and explore how to address social challenges. You'll work closely with other team members from Japan and the U.S. to identify an on-going challenge in the Tohoku region. Then leveraging what you learn, you'll develop a project to address that challenge and present it at the end of the seminar.

You'll gain key global skills like cross-cultural understanding, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communication and networking.

Program Cost

This is a fully funded seminar sponsored by Morgan Stanley through the U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative. Sponsorship covers the cost of the seminar, housing, transportation, most meals and basic health insurance. You will need spending money for incidental items or snacks (estimated $50 per week).

Housing and Living

While in Washington, D.C., you'll stay in the exciting and bustling Logan Circle neighborhood, home to some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, stores and a short walk from the White House and other D.C. landmarks.


You will be staying at the Homewood Suites between Logan Circle and Scott Circle, just 5 minutes away from The Washington Center Headquarters, where most seminar sessions and activities will take place.

What to Pack

Please be prepared to pack the following:

  • personal toiletries
  • government-issued ID card
  • small folding umbrella
  • business professional attire for seminar sessions and site visits
  • casual attire for evenings and weekends
  • notebook and pens

Student Services

TWC staff will be available to make sure you have the support you need, any time day or night. Our disability services staff ensures that every participant has the tools they need to live comfortably, complete assignments and succeed in their work.

Academic Credit

There is no academic credit available for this seminar.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2018 Building the TOMODACHI Generation Morgan Stanley Ambassadors Program has passed, and we are not currently accepting applications for 2019. However, if you're interested in learning more or being a future participant, please fill out a Request for Information and a member of our team will reach out to you.

Request for Information

Dates and Deadlines

  • Check-In: February 17, 2018
  • Orientation: February 18, 2018
  • Seminar Begins: February 19, 2018
  • Seminar Ends: March 3, 2018
  • Check-Out: March 4, 2018
  • Debrief at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo: March 5, 2018

You must contact your campus liaison for 2019 application deadlines. If you need help identifying your campus liaison, please contact

Application Documents

You'll need to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • Statement of Purpose (in english)
  • Resumé (in english)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional, especially if the recommendations show the applicant’s connection to relief efforts in Tohoku)


What does the seminar schedule look like?

Week 1: 

  • Monday–Friday: You'll spend most of your time in workshops to help understanding the concept and role of civil society,
  • Saturday–Sunday: You'll take part in a weekend retreat which aims to enhance your leadership, teamwork and communication skills through a fun, outdoor adventure course 

Week 2:

  • Monday–Thursday: You'll hear from and interact with speakers from organizations operating within the civil society framework 
  • Friday: You'll present your civil society team project to an audience made up of Japanese university and business leaders convening in Washington, D.C. during USJI’s annual “USJI Week”


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