Sosei Partners

Through our Sosei Partners project, we are creating an empowerment platform for the international community in Japan by connecting them with regional governments, and together we strive to realize regional revitalization and sustainable development.



  • 2017/12/9 ~ 2017/9/10

Sosei Partners (Ishinomaki) took place over the weekend of 9th and 10th December, with participants from Mongolia, Italy, Spain, France, Nepal, India and Singapore. We visited several organizations and companies to learn about the new initiatives that sprung up after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, which are full of energy, innovation and hope for the future. It was a short trip, but the beginning of a long-term relationship with this amazing city.


  • 2017/9/12 - 2017/9/17

Sosei Partners (Urahoro) took place between 12 ~ 17 September with participants from USA, Vietnam and Spain. We interacted with people from all walks of life, including primary industries such as forestry and farming, teachers, students, government officials, NPOs, new residents, foreign nationals and so on. All of us gave us a slightly different perspective of this town but there was a sense of community and unity, which we believe is the true value of Urahoro.


  • 2017/9/6 - 2017/9/9

Together with 11 participants from 9 countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Spain, Brazil), we went to Tono, a beautiful city in the mountains of Iwate Prefecture, where we experienced the tourism as well as ongoing innovative projects in the city. We then came up with novel suggestions on how to revitalize the region through tourism and other methods.


  • 2017/5/27: Sosei Partners (SMEs)

This is an event where international students get to meet SMEs connecting Japanese rural regions with the world. At the event, the companies shared their businesses, what they value, how they plan to expand, and the challenges they are currently facing. On the other hand, the students posed questions, gave suggestions based on knowledge of their own countries, and had a rigorous discussion on how these companies could further expand outside Japan.


  • 2017/3/20 ~ 2017/3/23: Sosei Partners (Yame)

Working with a tea farm in Yame, a team of four international students from Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and China stayed in Yame for four days, learning about Yame tea, the different varieties, and sightseeing in Yame city. The team then did research on the Japanese tea market in the respective countries and translated the pamphlet into multiple languages.


  • 2017/3/3 ~ 2017/3/13: Sosei Partners (Shimokawa)

Partnering with Shimokawa’s Town Promotion Department, a team of four international students from China, Thailand, Singapore and England stayed in Shimokawa for 10 days. The team visited government organizations, primary and secondary industries (agricultural and forestry) and non profit organizations in the town. The team then analyzed the tourism resources available in the town from various perspectives based on the respective trends in their own countries, in order to come up with the optimal strategy for Shimokawa. The team then proposes a new tourism strategy that is specifically targeted at each country to the town government.


  • 2017/4/16: Let's Talk Japan 2.0
  • 2016/11/15: Let's Talk Japan 1.0

Sharing session about how foreigners can engage in Japan's regional revitalization movement(留学生や帰国子女が日本の地方創生への参画をまつわるシェアリングセッション)