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July 10, 2014

TOMODACHI Initiative, Honda Announce "2015 TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program"

July 10, 2014 - The TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ("Honda") are pleased to announce the "TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program." Fully funded by Honda, this program will be implemented for a three-year period between 2015 and 2017. In 2015, this program is planning to 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 2015, this program will showcase Honda's unique way of supporting the education and development for the future leaders for the Japan-U.S. relationship with an experiential learning program with the theme, Music as a Universal Language. Guided by Honda's corporate slogan "The Power of Dreams," the three-year partnership will help forge friendship and deepen understanding between the people in the U.S. and Japan while giving renewed hope for the future to young people from the disaster-hit Tohoku, North Eastern region of Japan.

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

Students interested in this program are encouraged to apply via the link below or send an application by mail to the following address. The due date for application is August 24, 2014. The participants will be finalized by September 12, 2014.

Online application link: http://www.eiljapan.org/honda/
Mailing Address:

address

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: http://usjapantomodachi.org/

For questions regarding this press release

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

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