TOMODACHI Honda Global Leadership Program

20 high school students learned “The Power of Dreams” in the foreign land of the United States


Overview of TOMODACHI Honda Program 2018

The TOMODACHI Initiative was born under the leadership of the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy to support reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. It is aimed at fostering the next generation of Japanese and American leaders. Agreeing with its purpose, Honda started participating in the initiative in fiscal 2015 and has been conducting the TOMODACHI Honda Global Leadership Program since fiscal 2018.
Until last year, the program had been targeted at high school students in the Tohoku region. Starting this year, however, eligibility has been expanded to include applicants from all over Japan. Through the program, the participants experienced Honda’s corporate slogan, “The Power of Dreams.”
This was the first overseas experience for a majority of the 20 high school students who participated in this year’s program. What awaited the students when they left Japan were sceneries they had never seen before, new experiences, and strong emotions.
What was the “Power of Dreams” that the students coming from all over Japan—spanning Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south—felt this summer in this foreign country? Below are the details of the two-week program centered on their thoughts.

Growth Records of High School Students
Who Experienced “The Power of Dreams”


These two weeks changed me, who used to be ashamed of having no dreams

Emika Hamaguchi
(Second-year high school student from Kumamoto Prefecture)
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My dream is to make autonomous cars for people with disabilities

Kotomi Ikeda
(Second-year high school student from Nagasaki Prefecture)
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I learned through the program that dreams will absolutely come true

Daichi Tamaki
(Third-year high school student from Okinawa Prefecture)
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Scenes from the Program
Thoughts Written by High School Students in Their Diaries

June 16 &17 (Sat. & Sun.) and August 16 (Thu.)

Pre-departure orientation in which the students presented their dreams

August 17 (Fri.)

Finally arrived at the longed-for United States!
Want to be able to take the initiative in speaking!

・Departed from Narita Airport
・Arrived at Los Angeles International Airport
・Visited American Honda Motor and had a welcome dinner

August 18 (Sat.)

Trying out ukulele and calligraphy at Little Tokyo, which is just like Japan!
・Japan-U.S. cultural interaction—visit to Little Tokyo
・Interaction—Ukuleles with Daniel Ho
・Workshop by calligrapher Kuniharu Yoshida

August 19 (Sun.)

Meeting kind homestay families!
・Travel (Los Angeles International Airport⇒Port Columbus International Airport)
・Meeting with the host family

August 20 (Mon.)

Picture books full of dreams are lined up! Art experience at a picture book museum!
・Visit to the Mazza Museum (museum of original artwork of children’s books)
・Welcome party at Dublin Coffman High School

August 21 (Tue.)

Impressed by Honda of America’s plant, where “The Power of Dreams” is born!
Extremely excited at a bus tour of Transportation Research Center!

・Visit to Honda of America’s plant
・Visit to Honda Heritage Center and lecture by the vice president
・Visit to Transportation Research Center

August 22 (Wed.)

Cross cultural interaction with high school students of a Japanese language class!
・Interacting with students of a Japanese language class at Dublin Scioto High School
・Moving by school bus
・Interacting with students of a Japanese language class at Dublin Coffman High School

August 23 (Thu.)

Expanding dreams with the homely atmosphere of a class visit!
・Experiencing a class at Dublin Coffman High School
・Farewell party with the host family

August 24 (Fri.)

Delivering dreams via sports. Going to the stadium of one of the most popular teams in the U.S.!
・Attending a lecture, going on a campus tour, and visiting a stadium at Ohio State University
・Watching football at Dublin Coffman High School

August 25 (Sat.)

Leaving Columbus, promising a revisit
・Interacting with Japanese students at Columbus Japanese Language School
・Travel (Port Columbus International Airport⇒Los Angeles International Airport)

August 26 (Sun.)

Excited at the world’s oldest place “where dreams come true!”
・Interacting with associates of American Honda Motor and their families at Disneyland Resort

August 27 (Mon.)

Moved by Takuma Sato’s words “Dreams will come true”
During the presentation on achievements of “The Power of Dreams,” the high school students resolutely promised in English, “We will make our dreams come true!”

・Special lecture by racing driver Mr. Takuma Sato “Toward realization of dreams”
・Honda mobility experience
・Presentation of achievements of The Power of Dreams
・Farewell party