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JAL and KYOCERA to Support “TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013” Program to Send Tsunami-Stricken Area Students from Japan to the U.S.

Supporting Kesennuma students’ visit to express gratitude for the U.S. military’s tsunami relief mission “Operation Tomodachi”

January 9, 2013
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
KYOCERA Corporation
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Tokyo; president: Yoshiharu Ueki; herein “JAL”) and Kyocera Corporation (headquarters: Kyoto; president: Tetsuo Kuba; herein “Kyocera”) announced today that they will jointly support the “TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013” program taking place in March 2013 as part of the larger TOMODACHI Initiative.

In 2011, a humanitarian relief mission, called “Operation Tomodachi,” (the word tomodachi means friend in Japanese) was launched by the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake to provide assistance and encouragement to the disaster victims. U.S. forces also made tremendous contributions to the restoration of Sendai Airport, which was devastated by the tsunami. The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership led by the U.S. Embassy in Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council to invest in the next generation in both countries and to strengthen the U.S.-Japan friendship, based on the same spirit of cooperation and friendship as “Operation Tomodachi.”

As numerous residents of the tsunami-ravaged city of Kesennuma (Miyagi Pref.) have conveyed their feelings of deep gratitude toward the U.S. Marines and Navy personnel who participated in “Operation Tomodachi,” in order to help the young people of Kesennuma realize their wish to personally thank U.S. service personnel and to support their own individual growth, JAL and Kyocera will jointly support the “TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013” program, which will transport students from Kesennuma to San Diego, home to numerous U.S. Marine and Navy bases.

Through the program, JAL and Kyocera also seek to provide participants with an exciting educational and cultural exchange in San Diego, a city with which both companies have close ties: JAL inaugurated the first direct flight to San Diego from Asia with its Boeing 787 on December 2, 2012; and Kyocera opened the U.S. production plant of Kyocera International Inc. there in 1971.

An outline of the program follows:

“TOMODACHI in San Diego 2013”

1. Date:

March 24 (Sun) – March 31 (Sun), 2013


7 students of Kesennuma City (to be selected through a screening process)

3. Cost:

Transportation between Kesennuma and Narita Airport, airfare, and local transportation and room and board throughout the program will be covered by the organizers

4. Program schedule (tentative):

Day 1

Travel from Kesennuma Station – Sendai – Ueno – Narita Airport;
departure ceremony

Flight JL066 to San Diego

City tour and welcome ceremony


Day 2

Courtesy call and thank you ceremony at U.S. Navy and/or Marine base


Day 3

School visit


Day 4

School visit, KYOCERA production plant visit


Day 5

Farewell ceremony

Attend University of San Diego vs Oregon State baseball game


Day 6

Flight JL065 to Narita Airport


Day 7

Farewell party at hotel after arriving at Narita Airport

Stay in hotel

Day 8

Travel from Narita – Ueno – Sendai – Kesennuma