From November 11 to 12, fourteen U.S. Japan Council (USJC) members traveled to the Tohoku region. The trip was led and organized by three USJC TOMODACHI Emerging Leader Program (ELP) 2014 Alumni. The members experienced the local culture and people, seeing firsthand the progress that has been made in the recovery effort since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Through the TOMODACHI Initiative, USJC has had an impact on the region in the years since the disaster. USJC members, including current ELP and ELP alumni, continue to express a strong desire to assist Tohoku residents as they press on rebuilding their lives and communities. (end)