Innovators Network

Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, Japan; Louisiana, Ohio and New York, USA

In 2013, Japan Society and ETIC started the U.S.-Japan Leaders Exchange: Three-Year Training & Networking Program for Leaders in Tohoku’s Recovery and Reconstruction.  We have a shared interest in developing and nurturing the next generation of local leaders who are working hard to revive their respective communities in Tohoku after the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. 

From 2013-2016, we developed a series of meetings, site visits and public programs for local leaders from Tohoku to meet with leaders working on post-disaster recovery in New Orleans, LA, Wilmington, OH, Detroit, MI and New York, NY. Additionally, Americans visited Iwaki, Minamisoma, Morioka, and Soma, in Fukushima Prefecture; Onagawa and Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture; and Kamishi, Kitakami and Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture.

Project Impact

Finding Inspiration | Taking Action


Kenichi Bamba
Bridge for Fukushima

Andrea Chen
Executive Director
Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

Flozell Daniels, Jr.
President & CEO
Foundation for Louisiana

Neil Gibbons
Board Chair
Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

Toru Hiji
NEXT Cabinet Iwate &
Board Member
Our Otsuchi Dream Plaza

Satoshi Ito
Sanriku Hitotsunagi Nature School

Chiemi Kamada
Board Member
Fukushima Cooperative Reconstruction Center

Hiroto Kikuchi
Secretary General & Board Member
Iwate NPO-NET Support

Yuto Kurosawa
Board Member & COO
NPO wiz

Yosuke Komatsu
Hope for Tomorrow

Kota Niitsuma
Sales and Planning
Okasei Inc.

Kazuhide Oshida
Board Member
Soma Haragama Morning Market Club

Allison Plyer
Executive Director
The Data Center

Kana Sambe
Glowing Cloud

Daiki Sato
Senior Staff
Ofunato Station Area Development Office
Bureau of Disaster Reconstruction
Ofunato City

Taylor Stuckert
Energize Clinton Company

Masahiro Sugawara
Assistant Manager, Project Coordination Division
Construction Department, Kesennuma City

Yuji Suzuki
Executive Managing Director & Secretary General
Sanaburi Foundation

Ayumi Takahashi
Regional Coordinator
Fukushima Future Promotion Offic
Fukushima University

Tomoyuki Wada
Odaka Workers Base, Ltd.


Ryo Tateishi
CSR & Environmental Affairs Department
Tohoku Recovery Team, Mitsubishi Corporation

The U.S.-Japan Leaders Exchange: Three-Year Training & Networking Program for Leaders in Tohoku’s Recovery and Reconstruction is made possible by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Mitsubishi Corporation, The Major League Baseball Players Trust and the PK Ranney Fund.


International transportation is supported by United Airlines.

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