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TWC (The Washington Center) Building the TOMODACHI Generation Engaging U.S. and Japanese University Students in Social Problem-Solving

The Washington Center (TWC) and the USJI are co-sponsors for Building the TOMODACHI Generation (BTG) , a two week program aimed at U.S. and Japanese university students which utilizes continuous communication amongst participants as a vehicle for learning about leadership theory, the role of civil society and other topics. The USJI has started this program since FY2013, selected and sent around 12 outstanding students from sponsoring universities, and TWC has selected 9 participants from U.S. universities.


BTG program 2018-19 will be held in Washington D.C. from February 16th to March 4th where 12 Japanese students from USJI affiliated Universities together with 9 American students are going to have their group presentations.
On the last day of the program, Japanese students are scheduled to give presentations for donators.

-2018-2019 BTG program-

●Networking Reception in Washington D.C. (TBC)

●Group Project Presentations in Washington D.C. (TBC)

●March 4th Project Presentations for donator in Tokyo

For those who want to apply for the Building the Tomodachi Generation Program
, please consult at the each relevant section of USJI affiliated Universities from mid May to mid July in each year.
*Application for 2018 to 2019 is already closed.

Kyushu University Kyoto University Keio University Sophia University University of Tsukuba
Doshisha University Ritsumeikan University Waseda University


BTG program 2017-18 updated!

BTG Project Presentation -Register now!-
Presentations by international teams of Japanese and American participants of the BTG will be held on March 3,Friday, 2017 at The Washington Center.

Schedule February 14 to 26, 2016 BTG Program Overview and Structure

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