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US-Japan High School Students Summit in Rikuzentakata 2013

“US-Japan High School Students Summit in Rikuzentakata 2013” was  held on 13 July at Rikuzentakata city hall.

The summit started last year and we co-hosted since then. This summit is a joint program between Rikuzentakata city, AidTakta, us and JET program. The high school students who join JET program visited the tsunami-hit area as a part of the program. The number of the participants was approx. 50. The venue was filled with excitement.

In this summit, US and Kesen (northeast Japan) high school students discuss and deliver a presentation over the given theme together. The theme is “What is needed to increase the visitors to Kesen area from abroad?”

Mr Murakami, the Director of AidTakata and Mr Toba, the mayor of Rikuzentakata city gave them opening speech. Mr Kato, the Director of JET program also gave an encouraging speech. murakami

Mr Ted Sato moderated the summit, continued from the last year. Thanks to him, and the participants, the opening was very much energized. Facilitators were inspired by the creative ideas raised by the high school students. The facilitators are the members of Let’s Talk Foundation and work in the metropolitan cities in weekdays. They use English in their work.all_1

US high school students speak in Japanese because they learn Japanese, Japanese students speak in English, which is a challenging condition. However, they courageously challenged it. The piece of paper was quickly filled with wonderful ideas, such as reasonably-priced transportation,  Japanese/local products, shopping, festivals, monuments of the tsunami, fishing, and walking in country. US students ask Japanese to Japanese students and vice versa. They help each other and the quality of their output was impressive.all_4

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The presentations were all fantastic! US students delivered the presentations in Japanese, Japanese students did in English. Well done, both!  You will see the energy in the room through the photos below. The presentation contents were unique and very high quality.all_8

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Everyone was smiling at the closing of the summit. Mr Kubota, the deputy mayor of the city observed all the eight presentations and gave them the feedback. The final event was taking a group photo. It turned out that the real final event was taking photos with new friends.

Thank you very much for those who had been working hard to make this event successful, those who supported on the day, and most importantly, those who joined this event. This is a beginning of new kizuna, a bond between individuals. all_9

Please join the event next year. And please keep in touch.

We will be continuing our activities in Kesen area including Rikuzentakata, next year. When you visit us next time, Kesen area and people will be more exuberance.

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