Honda Launches Cultural Exchange Program for High School Students

September 26th, 2016 by

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2017 Tomodachi Honda Student Cultural Exchange Program

Honda is not just a company that produces innovative and high-quality cars, they also aim to make a positive difference in communities around the world. The Japanese automaker has shown this once again with the Tomodachi Honda Cultural Exchange Program. For 2017, the program sends high school students from the disaster-affected Tohoku region to the United States for a two-week stay, where they will learn about American traditions and culture.

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2017 Rose Parade and Tomodachi Honda Cultural Exchange Program

The cultural program showcases Honda’s unique way of supporting the education and development of future U.S.-Japan leaders through an experiential learning program theme, “Music as a Universal Language.” The 2017 program will send approximately 15 Japanese high school students from Fukushima to Los Angeles for a two-week exchange program from December 26, 2016 to January 9, 2017. As a part of the program, they will participate in an iconic New Year Celebration, the Rose Parade, by playing music.

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Honda Giving Back to Disaster-Affected Tohoku Region

Fully funded by Honda, this cultural exchange program has sent high school students from the prefectures of Miyagi and Iwate in the past two years. This is a heartwarming gesture from Honda, for this region was hard-hit from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, which claimed over 15,000 lives and billions of dollars of damage. Through this program, TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda aim to invest in the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and Japan, while strengthening relations between the two countries.

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