Hisashi Kojima, Japan

Hisashi Kojima

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2017

Hisashi’s Story

Originally from Saga, Hisashi is majoring in Information Science at Saga University.

Hisahi is passionate about improving the quality of life for those who suffer within Japan. He is especially focused on two populations: those who struggle with depression and elders who are not fit to drive.

After having suffered through depression himself in high school, Hisashi learned first-hand the isolation, lack of assistance and educational time lost due to depression. Hisashi empathizes with school systems who must endure the burden of providing assistance, and with those youth who struggle with depression and who are not offered resources for help. Hisashi’s first hope is to create a broad service accessible by schools and those with depression, offering solutions and assistance.

Hisashi has also noticed an increase in the number of traffic accidents that elderly people have in rural areas of Japan, combined with lack of access to other modes of transportation. Hisashi is currently developing an app in the Saga prefecture, that encourages drivers to give a ride to elderly people on their way.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Hisashi wants to further develop his own leadership capacity. Having never been abroad, Hisashi is looking forward to learning different values from non-Japanese people and to building fellowship with those in Japan and abroad.