iLEAP Japan Programs


The TOMODACHI Microsoft Social Innovation and Leadership program is designed to cultivate a new generation of Japanese social entrepreneurs and community leaders (ages 18-25) who are prepared to make a positive difference in Japan, the United States, and around the world. Program participants are selected from a highly competitive, nationwide pool of applicants,to participate in a four to five week experiential leadership training in Seattle, Washington. At the core of the program, Scholars work on a Team Project with prominent businesses and receive business mentoring from recognized Japanese American leaders in the Seattle community. Scholars also take classes in leadership and entrepreneurship, work with technology advisers to grow their ideas, and conduct site visits to social businesses and organizations. The program is run during the February-March period and August-September and also involves alumni activities back in Japan.

The iLEAP Food Innovation for Regional Sustainability in Tohoku (FIRST) is an investment in the future of food and farming innovation in Japan, with a particular focus on the Tohoku region. This program grows the leadership and cross-cultural skills within the next generation of Japanese (ages 35 and younger) who are committed to social innovation in the production, processing, distribution, and/or consumption of food in Japan.

The Social Innovation Forum JAPAN is a 2 week intensive training in personal leadership and global partnership and focused on working with leaders from specific regions. The Social Innovation Forum JAPAN was created in the wake of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. SIFJ is an investment in rebuilding the country through energizing civil society, empowering emerging leaders, and forging global partnerships of mutual support between American and Japanese civil society.