Akane Katayama, Japan

Akane Katayama

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2017

Akane’s Story

Originally from Aichi, Akane is majoring in Science and Technology at Tsukuba University.

Akane is focused on the issue of maintaining a balance between work and community, particularly in rural areas where population decline is occurring. She has noticed that though there are studies regarding this problem, and some government policies in place surrounding immigration and permanent residence, these policies have only been effective in a few regions.

Akane is very passionate about research, and believes that an education in research can get her closer to a solution to this issue. She is interested in applying IT systems, such as automatic driving, to agricultural machinery and how it could improve sustainability in rural areas. Additionally, she would also like to build community by connecting youth with the elderly, through a skill-exchange app.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Akane hopes to gain new skills and expand her current knowledge in order to be effective in Japan’s nonprofit sector. She believes that a combination of knowledge from a variety of fields, including social enterprises, finances, and social media, will lead to a more successful social enterprise.