August 17, 2022 – Tokyo, Japan
On August 4th and 5th, together with several of its strategic partners, One Young World Japan held 3 separate events to showcase and celebrate the growth of its family of next-gen leaders. Both domestic and international topics were on stage during the 2-day event covering several topics inspired by the UN SDGs.
First up was the first ever strategic partnership between One Young World Japan and EY Japan. The Female Entrepreneurs Pitch event was the culmination of months of mentoring and coaching provided by EY Japan to some of Japan’s most promising young female businesswomen.
BMW Group Tokyo Bay
Chairwoman & CEO of EY ShinNihon, Ms. Masami Katakura, kicked off the event with an inspiring keynote speech that set a positive and motivational tone for the 5 female presenters that followed:
The Audience Award was awarded to Ms. Ibuki Suemitsu from Barca. The Judges Award was awarded to Ms. Natsuki Suganuma from Bacterico. A very special thanks to EY Japan for their commitment to action and true engagement.
Next up was also a first ever event for One Young World Japan, the Student Pitch. While One Young World focuses on young leaders between the ages of 18 and 32, One Young World Japan believes that it is vital to excite and empower the Under-18 demographic in Japan and is working with several high schools around the country on leadership, entrepreneurism, and presentation skills.
Scores of high schools in Japan submitted their pitches to One Young World Japan for consideration. 12 were selected by committee to present at the event and the result was nothing short of amazing. With some additional mentoring and coaching from One Young World Japan directors and ambassadors, the students presented on stage to a max capacity crowd at BMW Group Tokyo Bay in Odaiba and viewers around the world online via live stream on One Young World Japan’s Facebook page.
The event was moderated by One Young World Japan Ambassadors, Mr. Taro Kunitomi and Ms. Kiyoka Tokumasu. One Young World Japan Directors Mr. Masayuki Sorata and Ms. Yuka Imanishi also provided keynote speeches of praise and encouragement. First, Second, and Third Prizes were awarded based on both Judge and Audience evaluation.
Kaiho Public School in Okinawa
「For Future Treasures」
Kanagawa Sogo High School
「Find Your Career in 2030」
Tokyo Metropolitan Bunkyo School for the Blind
「Education For The Visually Impaired: Issues & Solutions」
Misaki Public High School in Ehime
Takanawa Senior High School
「School Reform for Teachers」
「Cultural Isolation Of International Families In Japanese Public Schools」
International Christian University High School
「Save Our Planet」
Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School
「Can the Board Game IROIRO Change the World?」
Tokyo Gakugei University International High School
「Spreading awareness of teen sexual harassment through an international camp, and preventing teen sexual harassment with technology」
Aoba Japan International School
「English and Diversity Education in Japan」
Fukuoka Futaba High School
「10 yen Donation ~ What high school students can do?」
Kaetsu Ariake High School
「The Self-acceptance Project by Team Self Sunny」
Finally, One Young World Japan held its annual Send Off Reception in celebration and honor of this year’s Japan Delegation to One Young World’s global summit in Manchester, UK. The event is usually invite only but was opened the public via live stream on One Young World Japan’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
The Send Off was the perfect place and time to announce yet another of One Young World Japan’s efforts to engage more and more young people; the announcement of the One Young World Japanese University Network. Senior Vice-President of Okayama University, and Special Advisor to One Young World Japan, Mr. Atsufumi Yokoi presented the new initiative that includes 5 new university partners and a challenge to other universities in Japan to find, mentor, and challenge next-gen leaders on their campuses using One Young World as a launch pad for success.
The event was moderated by One Young World Japan Ambassador Mr. Taichi Ichikawa and included speeches from:
One Young World Japan would like to give a huge thanks to our many partners and supporters and look forward to growing our efforts in 2023!