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Embassy’s “Girls Unlimited Program”empowers Japanese middle, high school students

This is the second year for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to organize a girls’ empowerment program for Japanese middle and senior high school students. In 2015, the video sharing website “YouTube” launched a campaign called “#DearMe” (To myself in those days) to send a message of support to young women to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8. Former First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy also posted videos for the campaign, which led the Embassy to launch the program. Last year’s the “#GO GIRL!” program consisted of four installments. This year, the “Girls Unlimited Program,” which means, “infinite possibilities of girls,” is being held from September to February with six installments. Thirty-five girls in grades 7-12 who were selected from some 200 applicants have been participating in the program. The goal of the program is to “know yourself, find dreams and goals, and acquire leadership.”  Students listen to lectures given by female leaders from various fields, including astronaut Yamazaki Naoko, and engage in group discussions with adult mentors who have participated in U.S. State Department’s exchange programs.

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