Participation in the TOMODACHI Initiative
MUFG participates in the TOMODACHI Initiative, which is running a U.S.-Japan exchange program led by the U.S. Embassy and the U.S.-Japan Council, a U.S. non-profit organization. Through the TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, which arranges visits from each country to the other between students and teachers from areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and their counterparts in the U.S., we work to support the healthy growth of children in both Japan and the United States.
Staging of the 8th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program
For about two weeks from June to July, 2019, 20 high school students from the United States travelled to Japan to visit Tokyo, Fukushima, Hiroshima. In Tokyo, the exchange students visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Reconstruction Agency, and in Fukushima Prefecture, they took part in exchanges with the mayor (at the time of the disaster) of Minami Soma and local high school students. In doing so, the students learned about reconstruction efforts and disaster prevention measures in Japan. Lastly in Hiroshima Prefecture, they visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome, and so on.
Moreover, on this trip, the students stayed in the homes of MUFG employees, while various events were held at MUFG including a welcome reception.