About the Fellowship Program


The number of Fellows

By the end of March 2013, 145 Fellows were selected and dispatched for 78 projects in total. We have made a steady progress towards the numerical targets we set in September 2011.
After attending the Fellowship program, 37% of those who worked as Fellows remained in Tohoku area and continue to work for Tohoku. In addition, 8 Fellows started their own business as an entrepreneur after completing the Fellowship program.

Profile of Fellows

Main role of Fellows

Activity area

37% of alumni continue to work for Tohoku after the Fellowship Period

Three years have passed since the launch of the Fellowship Program. About 37% of the alumni continue to work for Tohoku without the financial support of the Fellowship Program.
Fellows have worked very hard with the local people and have built a good relationship with them. Working under the severe condition, they could have developed their capacity dramatically. Thereby, they realized there are plenty of things that they can do, they should do and they want to do for Tohoku.

Fellows have made significant contributions with a few mismatches

According to the biannual survey in August 2012, leaders are satisfied overall and they indicated that the qualifications and capabilities of the fellows are in good fit to the position. However, as the risk of the mismatch of the expectations between Fellows and project leaders was originally concerned, one new leader in Fukushima actually answered that “dissatisfied” to the questionnaire because the Fellows could not get along well with the leader, as is often the inevitable case is. We should improve the recruiting strategy so that we can reach more appropriate candidates in accordance with the situational change.

Level of satisfaction with Fellows (August 2012/March2013)

Contributions and positive influences made by fellows

Online recruiting

We have developed online recruiting website, “Michinoku Work*”. We put information on projects that need motivated Fellows with necessary expertise. We have also published the interviews by recovery leaders and Fellows to share their vision, passion and challenge.
Last summer, we have made a large-scale improvement to recruit the appropriate candidates using “Michinoku Work” as a recruiting tool.
Our recruiting work centered on the website received a great reputation and an award from a popular portal web site.

Michinoku Work
Michinoku Work (Japanese Only)
*Michinoku is a traditional name of Tohoku area

Individual Activity Report

1. Providing the learning opportunities to the affected children
Location: Across the affected area
Organization: KID’S DOOR (non-profit organization)

KID’S DOOR has provided a free educational support for the high school and junior high school students in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures by sending volunteers since the earthquake and Tsunami hit these areas in 2011. It supported more than a hundred children and 94.1% of them successfully passed the entrance examinations for the public high schools. The number of children who lost at least one parent in the earthquake is estimated to be around 1,580. Junior high school students in this area have a great concern about catching up with their studies and going to high schools. In this situation, KID’S DOOR continues its educational support to those children.
Since October 1st 2012, Shu Kato has engaged in this project as a Fellow. He took charge of the Sendai office under KID’S DOOR’s mission: “Realization of the society in which all the children in Japan can have a hope and dream for their future”. He has played an important role in arranging the schedules with interns. He helped solving the organization’s problem of manpower shortage. The number of the registered staff and volunteer has greatly increased after his participation in this project. In addition, he organized the internal meetings to boost the culture of knowledge sharing and exchanging opinions within the organization. Currently, he keeps conducting the educational support activities such as “After-School Caring Project (5times/month)”, “After-School Learning (15-20 times/month)”, and “Free Seminar (free educational support run by volunteer, 3times/month)” at the Sendai office.

2. Namie Town Reconstruction Supporting Coordinator
Location: Namie Town, Fukushima Pref.
Organization: Namie Town Office

More than 21,000 people in Namie town became the evacuees because of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant meltdown crisis. Most part of the town is inside the evacuation zone, which is 20-kilometors around the plant and the rest of the town was in the planned evacuation zone. Currently, a part of the evacuees live in the temporarily residences scattered about 30 places across Fukushima prefecture, and other 6,700 evacuees relocated to outside of Fukushima. They no longer maintain the original communities after the earthquake. Under this serious situation, Namie town is making an effort in building a new community outside Namie town to support the daily lives of the former residents as well as the rebuilding communities in devastated area to safely welcome them back 5 years later.
Actually, this is the first time to send a fellow to a local municipal in ETIC. Fellowship Program. Takaaki Sugano who is from Fukushima but has long lived and worked outside of the prefecture was selected as a fellow and joined this project. He clarified the needs and issues through interviewing the residents and plays a coordinating role between the local government and the private organizations/companies based on his experience as a constructing resident to support forming a community and to promote the voluntary activities by community members. He continuously works for Namie town office after the Fellowship Program period and contributes to the reconstruction of Namie town.

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