OYWJ Student Pitch 2022

One Young World Japan Supports
Next-Gen Leaders Under 18

August 1, 2022 – Tokyo, Japan

One Young World Japan will host the event called “Student Pitch”, which is for students under the age of 18 in Japan. 13 speakers were be selected from SDG-related projects submitted from all over Japan. Each student will give a 4-minute presentation in English about the world they aim to achieve, and their future plans.

One Young World (OYW) is one of the world’s largest international platforms gathering more than 2,000 young leaders from 196 countries around the world and has been holding annual summits in different countries since 2009. The summit will be held in Manchester in 2022.

The Global Summit is held once a year for next-generation leaders between the ages of 18 and 32, but this year’s Student Pitch is for those under 18 who have not yet reached the age of participation in the Summit. The purpose of this event is to provide the next generation of leaders under the age of 18 with a global stage to develop the mindset, presentation skills, communication skills, and English language ability necessary for future success beyond national borders. The event will be streamed live on the Internet.

The selected speakers have been mentored by past One Young World Summit participants (known as “ambassadors”), who offer advice from various perspectives through one-on-one mentoring until the day of the event.

Event Overview

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  • Purpose:
    Encouraging Under-18 Future Leaders And Their SDG Initiatives
  • Date & Time:
    Friday, August 5th, 2022
    14:00 ~ 17:00
  • Language: English
  • Fee: Free
  • # of Speakers: 13
  • Tickets (both online / offline available) :

Our Finalists

Seira Ishihara
Kaiho Public School in Okinawa

「For Future Treasures」

Haruta Otaki
Kanagawa Sogo High School

「Find Your Career in 2030」

Yuina Ogumi 
Tokyo Metropolitan Bunkyo School for the Blind

「Education For The Visually Impaired: Issues & Solutions」

Rin Kajiwara
Misaki Public High School in Ehime

「No excuses」

Junya Koike
Takanawa Senior High School

「School Reform for Teachers」

Mao Kobayashi
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

「How Can We Construct a Mental Health Support System」

Sayaka Shimomoto 

「Cultural Isolation Of International Families In Japanese Public Schools」

Yuzo Tokumasu
International Christian University High School

「Save Our Planet」

Mio Nakano
Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School

「Can the Board Game IROIRO Change the World?」

Aya Yamauchi
Tokyo Gakugei University International High School

「Spreading awareness of teen sexual harassment through an international camp, and preventing teen sexual harassment with technology」

Chaerim Baek, Reia Dochertym, Julien Sawa, Koshiba Shoma, Ken Kraft, Teric Cheung, Ray Crouch, Alan Ham
Aoba Japan International School

 「English and Diversity Education in Japan」

Kyoko Yoshimura, Kanon Mochidome, Yukino Oda, Aika Sawamura, Miyu Nishiyama

Fukuoka Futaba High School

「10 yen Donation ~ What high school students can do?」

Koharu Kawaguchi、Ayami Kurimoto、Ayaha Nishimura

Kaetsu Ariake High School

「The Self-acceptance Project by Team Self Sunny」

Our Partners

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Our Judges

Satoru Araune
Satoru Araune
Project Director

After experiencing a one-week sister city exchange program while in high school, he promoted an overseas internship program at AIESEC while attending Sophia University. As a new graduate and started his career with HR recruitment experience. In 2014, he joined the Tobitate! Ryugaku JAPAN project, where he was in charge of launching the university student program, liaising with supporting companies and organization. In April 2022, he was appointed as the project director.

Ibun Hirahara
Ibun Hirahara
World Road, Inc.

Ibun Hirahara is a graduate of Waseda University with a degree in International Liberal Studies.She was responsible for digital strategy and talent development at a US-based healthcare company. Based on her school life experiences in four different countries, she moved to management and organizational consulting firm, where she works as a public relations and SDGs officer, hoping to bring reform to education in Japan. In 2018, he represented Japan at the OYW summit The Hague. In 2019, she established WORLD ROAD Inc., which aims to create a society without boundaries where people can work as being themselves.

Priya Sultan
Priya Sultan
Founder & CEO
Social Impact Lab Japan

Priya has been a global leader in impact entrepreneurship for over 10 years. She has been focused primarily on enabling young people to build social enterprises which disrupt markets, and create a positive impact in society. She has worked with global organizations in the public and private sector, including Hult Prize Foundation, United Nations, and Recruit Holdings, advising and speaking on the significance of social entrepreneurship in our world today. She believes impact entrepreneurs are changing the world, and is committed to catalyzing more people to get involved with this movement and backing them with the resources they need to scale their impact.

Our Mentors

Kei Ikegami

He holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Kyoto University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cambridge University. He worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in infrastructure development and policy support for Iraq, Egypt and other countries in the Middle East. In 2021, he founded MIRAIing Inc. to nurture the next generation of future leaders. He has trained more than 1,000 students in leadership and career education. Visiting professor at the Professional University of Information Management and Innovation. He participated OYW Dublin in 2014.

Yuka Imanishi

Yuka Imanishi is a graduate of the English Department of Sophia University and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tsukuba University. After working as an overseas liaison and director at a record company, she worked in marketing/communications at several international corporations. In 2016, she founded CURIO Japan Inc. which is a company specializing in global talent development and recruiting services, and serves as its president. She is also a director at One Young World Japan Committee.

Atoka Jo

Atoka Jo is a graduate of New York University Abu Dhabi and completed the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. She did her internship at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. In 2017, she was selected as a Masason Scholarship Foundation student, and in 2018, she represented Japan at the OYW summit The Hague. In 2019, she represented Japan at the G7 Youth International Conference, and in 2020, she was elected to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. Previously, she served as the Co-Chair Director of a leadership development organization for middle and high school girls in the United Arab Emirates. She is also involved in planning a high school that incorporates liberal arts education.

Masayuki Sorata

Born in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated from Hosei University. He became interested in history after watching the historical drama “Nobunaga” at the age of six. He majored in Roman history and traveled around the world as a backpacker in search of world heritage sites. He worked in sales at Keyence and in human resource development at Recruit Co. Later, he took over a real estate company founded by his grandfather and launched the education-related business “Learning in Context”, which designs learning environments and develops educational facilities and organizations. He also operates a private after-school program called “Common” that connects children and the local community. He is also a director at One Young World Japan Committee.

Tsuyoshi Domoto

Tsuyoshi Domoto is a graduate of Occidental College in the U.S. and completed the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. While studying abroad in South Africa, he became interested in microfinance, which promotes economic independence by providing loans and entrepreneurship education to the poor. After working for a U.S. investment bank, he moved to a microfinance institution in Honduras, where he became convinced that education is the root of the solution to poverty. After completing graduate school, he joined the Sustainability Group, a British consulting firm. In 2018, he represented Japan at the OYW summit The Hague. In 2021, he became the president of Tokyo Coding Club and founded Youth Who Code to promote children’s programming education. He is also the OYW Asia 2 Coordinating Ambassador.

Kiyoka Tokumasu

Kiyoka represented Japan at the 2021 OYW Munich. She is a senior at International Christian University and a member of the Junior Olympic Team of USA Gymnastics. Founded Voices of Selfmade to provide an opportunity and platform for the younger generation to share the mindsets and experiences of global leaders, creators, entrepreneurs, and influencers. She will be interning at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan starting in the summer of 2022 to bridge the gap between Japan and the rest of the world and spread positive impact.

Seina Fujiwara

While studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, she majored in International Relations and worked for a refugee education support organization. After graduation, she worked as a public relations intern for UNICEF Saitama Prefecture and the Romanian Government Office in Japan, and currently works in sales and planning for a newspaper company.

Elizabeth Gamarra

Elizabeth Gamarra is a former Fulbrighter at IE University, and graduate from ICU and the University of Utah. In Japan, she has co-lead an AI empowerment project through the U.S Goverment’s Citizenship Diplomacy Fund and has also worked at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency helping bridge a stronger pipeline for girls in stem to enter the nuclear field and master conflict resolution skills. She is now completing her doctoral studies and working for the peace research institute. In 2021, she was part of the OYW Germany summit and grateful for a great community.

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