TOHOKU Leadership Summit 2013 with YGL staff Kumi Fujisawa, Daisuke Iwase, Nami Matsuko and Etsuko Okajima
Chikara Funabashi, Adviser, New Education Business Kawaijuku Educational Institution Class of 2009
So far, we have sponsored 50 students and 200 have attended our leadership workshops. All Japanese YGLs are directly involved with the project – we attend workshops, mentor students and meet at least once a month to share ideas on how to take this initiative further. Our workshops have produced many proposals on how to revitalize the region and its workforce, which have been welcomed by the government and politicians of all hues.
All of this was possible due to the spirit of collaboration, dialogue and initiative of the YGL community. Saying and doing what you believe is right is always welcome in the community, which gives you the courage to take on new challenges. It is much easier to get things done because we’re all on the same wavelength and there is an amazing team spirit.
Beyond Tomorrow made me realize I wanted to embark on my next challenge, to solve deeper social problems. I recently sold my company, Will Seed Co. Ltd., and have begun working on the first ever public-private partnership in the field of education in Japan. I am now working with the ministry of education to double the number of Japanese students studying abroad and to create a community – somewhat like the World Economic Forum – among the education and human resource development ministries of Japan.