HPU Student Invited to Tomodachi Kakehashi Inouye Scholars Generation Summit in Tokyo

Lauren Nosworthy, 2nd from left, and Tomodachi Generations Summit attendees

Reflections of the experience by Lauren Nosworthy:

In early September, I was a lucky participant who was selected to make a trip back to Tokyo, Japan to be a TOMO voices speaker for the 2019 Tomodachi Generation Summit. I participated in the Kakehashi Tomodachi Program earlier this year, where we visited Japan on an all-expenses-paid trip, and it was my first time traveling internationally. To be invited a second time to Japan was absolutely unbelievable, and to be invited to give a speech was a true honor. I gave a speech discussing the importance of local production and local consumption. It was one thing to go up and give a speech in front of a crowd of people in a foreign country, but it was also so awesome to listen to the three other speakers give their speeches and to interact with all the people who participated/attended the program. I was truly inspired by all the awesome people around me, and their words/thoughts were so moving! I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many wonderful and inspiring individuals, and I am so grateful for the wonderful opportunity the Tomodachi Program gave me. 

At the following link, here, is a video of Nosworthy’s presentation at the Tomodachi Generation Summit.

Lauren Nosworthy was one of 23 HPU 2019 Tomodachi Kakehashi Inouye Scholars, who received a fully-funded cultural exchange trip to Japan this past spring. The program was established under The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to honor the legacy of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Nosworthy was selected out of 50 applicants to represent the program’s U.S. alumni at the 2019 Tomodachi Generation Summit held in Tokyo on Sunday, Sept. 9, delivering a TOMO Voices speech to more than 250 attendees.  

Pictured from left to right are: Shigetatsu Nishigai, Lauren, Patrick Newell, Daiki Hiram, Ryoma