Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Spring 2017
Originally from Kumamoto, Yui is majoring in Law at Tokyo University.
In April 2016, Yui experienced a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit her hometown Kumamoto. That experience left many survivors who are still suffering from fear and anxiety, where they are unable to move forward with their daily life due to the constant memories of their near death experience. Listening to their stories made a deep impression on Yui, who had also lived through the same traumatic experience herself. She believes there is a great need to address mental health issue and wants to create an online counseling system that can provide proper care and support that earthquake survivors need. Yui hopes this online counseling system can be used to ensure those who need counseling will have access to this service, regardless of their location.
Yui’s future vision is very much tied to providing support for people who are survivors of natural disaster. She hopes to one day start an organization that will not only have an online counselling system, but also legal assistance to people who may have to deal with either human rights or property rights issues. Yui has already taken a step to fulfill this dream by studying law, with the hope of getting a law degree and working towards getting a license to practice.
Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Yui hopes to learn and understand how to create a social enterprise and learn more about fighting for the rights of minority people.