Taiki Ito, Japan

Taiki Ito

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Spring 2017

Taiki’s Story

Originally from Fukui, Taiki is majoring in International Business at Toyama Vocational College

When Taiki began to notice the increasing disconnect between the two generations in his hometown, he wanted to get involved and make a change. He believes that for society to prosper, it is essential that the younger generation are equally involved and integrated in the community. With this thought, Taiki’s hope is to revitalize the local shopping district of Toyama prefecture and preserve its culture by finding ways to increase youth involvement. He thinks the increasing number of migration from rural to urban area is hurting the local economy and he believes rejuvenation of local shopping districts could be the first step towards progress.

Taiki knows that in order for him to realize his vision, he needs to be a strong leader. While he has had plenty of opportunity in the past to show his leadership abilities, Taiki wants to have the space to reflect on who he is and to improve his own approach. He hopes to also serve as a role model to his peers and the younger generation. Taiki knows that his dream will involve not only making connection between people, but using social innovation, which he hopes to learn more about during his stay in Seattle.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Taiki hopes to have a space that will allow him reflect, enhance his leadership abilities, and fuel him to make a better future for Japan.