Ryo Uchiyama, Japan

Ryo Uchiyama

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Spring 2017

Ryo’s Story

Originally from Hyogo, Ryo is majoring in International Relation at the University of Kitakyushu.

Ryo is a visionary. He wants the world to be an accepting place where “walls between people are removed” and diversity is valued and not feared. With the declining population that Japan is facing currently, Ryo thinks it is inevitable that his country will face a major crisis as one third of the population is predicted to be 65 years old by 2020 due to low birthrate and aging population. He believes one solution to this dilemma is for Japan to loosen up its immigration policies and to welcome more people. To better understand immigration, Ryo is currently studying International relations, with a focus on American immigration policies. He hopes to use this knowledge to better comprehend how Japan can be more multicultural.

In his hometown of Kobe City, Ryo has been actively participating in teaching about different cultures and has been volunteering with foreign nationals to bridge the gap between locals and foreigners. Ryo’s future plan is to deepen his understanding of multicultural coexistence by coming to the United States and doing research on sociology, ethnicity and culture on immigration. Ryo also wants to make an impact on how social business is viewed in Japan by making communities more socially conscious. He wants to work with Nonprofit organizations to make people aware of different issues concerning fair trade, ethical business and how to be better global citizens.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Ryo hopes to improve his leadership skills and to understand the concept of social innovation.