Elizabeth S, mother of an Ashita-Tomorrow student, New York City
My son began studying Japanese two years ago, and while his dedication and commitment to learning about the people, culture and language of Japan has always made me proud, I was especially happy about his participation in Ashita-Tomorrow because it allowed him the opportunity to act on that commitment and help others at the same time.
When we hosted a Japanese high school student in our home in spring 2013 (arranged by Ms. Ishimura and Ms. Fujisaki, both now Ashita directors), it gave our whole family the chance to get involved - and inspired. As we learned about his experiences living near the area affected by the earthquake, and shared with him all that we - and New York City - had to offer, our guest began to feel like a new member of the family, and we were all the better for it. This summer, when it was my son’s turn to travel to Japan, I saw the equally strong impact that studying abroad and meeting people from different cultures had on him. I'm thrilled to support Ashita-Tomorrow because it allows other students and families, both in Japan and in America, to benefit from the kind of eye-opening experiences that mine has shared. I look forward to seeing all the great things the students of this program will accomplish!
I would like to support Ashita-Tomorrow because I believe that it helps young Japanese people achieve their goals of leading the recovery process from the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami. Beyond this, I believe this organization will help these young people build a brighter future for Japan.
I am a university classmate of Ms. Ueda’s, chairperson of Ashita-Tomorrow, and we were lucky enough to have spent out lives in the era of Japan's prosperity and fast growth. Now in return, I would like to support the people who suffered from the earthquake/tsunami disaster so that they can rebuild their lives and society.
In 1966, I traveled abroad for the first time right after the Japanese were allowed to travel to foreign countries freely. I visited various European countries for 42 days starting with Holland.
Even now, after so many years, I still remember my experience vividly and how I was fascinated by everything I saw. Ever since, I strongly believe that while people are young, it is crucial to go to foreign countries to experience different cultures, as learning different ways of thinking can build one's character that serves as a basis for the rest of one's life. Ashita- Tomorrow provides the opportunity to stay at American homes, attend American high school, and communicate deeply with the American students. I believe these programs give special opportunities for Japanese students, and I strongly support this NPO.
It gives me a tremendous pleasure to support Ashita-Tomorrow, knowing that these students will have a precious experience to form foundations for their lives by seeing and experiencing different parts of the world.
Kunio Tsukada, CEO, Data Japan, Ltd. Tokyo
Congratulations to Ashita-Tomorrow. It is great to see that various non-profit organizations have been formed to assist the young people in Japan. Among them, it is a great pleasure to know that Ashita-Tomorrow has been founded to assist the young people affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami and aims to help them see the world. These young people are the ones who will lead the recovery of the region.
It is my honor and pleasure to support my classmate, Ms. Ueda, who is passionate, sincere and action-oriented.
Aya Denma, President, Landport, Co., Ltd.
My parents' house was damaged by the Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. I volunteered only a little at that time but still gained first-hand experience of the immensity and destruction of a big disaster. The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami was a tremendous disaster and I wanted to do something for the victims. Being in Tokyo, far away from the affected areas, I wondered what I could do, and I thought I would like to contribute some portion of my company's profit. This is how I decided to support Ashita-Tomorrow and their efforts to help the victims of the disaster.
I studied in the USA after graduating from high school in Japan. My college experience in the USA was extremely valuable, and it widened my perspective and taught me to accept various values.
I would like to help create opportunities for students in the affected areas to have a similar experience. If we provide them with the chance to broaden their views when they are young, I truly believe that the students who have also overcome this hardship will be the leaders of tomorrow's Japan.
Yale University volunteers
Kevin Boehm, Head of Ashita-Tomorrow’s activities at Yale University
I'm a junior at Yale studying biomedical engineering. After graduation, I plan to apply to medical school and work toward becoming a neurosurgeon. I first heard about Ashita-Tomorrow in 2012 through Yale professors, and I wanted to get involved in the movement toward recovery. I am in awe of the survivors’ continued compassion and sense of community in the face of disaster.
Marc Lozano, Scheduling Coordinator at Yale University
My name is Marc Lozano and I am a junior at Yale University, majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. I first heard about the opportunity to Skype through my first-year Japanese class, and have since enjoyed the cultural exchange that the program brings. I was further motivated after meeting the high schoolers during their visit last spring and learning about their experiences. I am excited to be a part of Ashita-Tomorrow!
Monica Chen, Sponsorship Coordinator at Yale University
Monica Chen is a junior at Yale University studying Cognitive Science. This past summer, thanks to the Richard Light Fellowship, she was given the opportunity to study the Japanese language in Tokyo for two months where she had an amazing experience meeting new friends, eating delicious food, and best of all, speaking Japanese on a daily basis in all aspects of life. Her experience has made her even more excited for ASITA and she can't wait to continue Skyping with Japanese high school students!
Monica Chen, Sponsorship Coordinator at Yale University
My name is Vanessa, a senior in Timothy Dwight College from St. Petersburg, FL. On campus I'm very involved in the African American student community and was Vice-President of the Black Student Alliance at Yale 2012-13. I've been interested in Japan since first being introduced to it in elementary school during a short Japan culture unit. I started studying Japanese in high school and studied in Osaka during Summer 2013. I learned about Ashita-Tomorrow in the spring when I attended a presentation by some of its students. It was great and all the students were so inspiring that I couldn't help but get involved!