Message from the Organizers


Message from the Organizers

Message from the Special Lecturer


I am very happy to say that 75 alumni and 14 advisors have pushed aside the problems and challenges of Covid-19 to share memories of their participation in TYCA. I have been moved and greatly heartened by their messages.

Toshiba International Foundation and ASJA International together launched the TYCA program in 2014, initiating a unique series of annual international exchanges bringing together young people from the 10 ASEAN countries and Japan. The format tasks participants with creating a long-term vision for a sustainable, greener Earth, and aims to encourage the personal growth of next-generation leaders who can initiate change and sustain it with concrete action. When the pandemic forced us cancel TYCA 2020, this special project to collect and publish essays by past alumni became a way to keep the flame of the program burning brightly.

I have always enjoyed the final presentations made at TYCA, the fresh ideas, dreams and visions of its participants. The essays have showed me how they have subsequently continued to grow as individuals. They have matured in their thinking, found their direction in higher education and by targeting career goals; they have also grown stronger by weathering the unprecedented experience of the coronavirus. Many have discovered a strengthened love for their families, or a reinforced compassion for their community. Others argue for greater international cooperation in the face of nationalism and protectionism, so as to unite our strengths and to fight and overcome the global crisis. Many share and discuss their future career goals in diplomacy, entrepreneurship, technology, culture and the food industry.

Some of our essayists are now working in healthcare and they face the risk of being infected with the coronavirus in the course of their duties every day. None of them gave in, or gave up on their aspiration to become doctors.

Reading some of the essays, I recalled a comment Elizabeth Kübler Ross, the American psychiatrist: “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” This was clear in the essays, where a common theme was the attempt to integrate the experience of the pandemic into personal understanding, and to initiate an active response, either as individuals or with colleagues.

The essays left me impressed with the journeys so far of many TYCA alumni, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where you all are in five and ten years’ time. Without doubt, the post-Corona world will be a very different place. Please remember that this crisis is a springboard for change.

I pray for the good health of all members of the TYCA family, and indeed for everyone who visits this website. I hope you will read the valuable messages of these young people and find insights and inspiration in their words.

Masashi Muromachi

Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO)










東芝国際交流財団 理事長



As a co-organizer, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the alumni and advisors from 11 ASEAN countries and Japan who sent us messages.

From the alumni’s messages, I can see that you have been facing a difficult situation we have never experienced before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, all of you have adapted yourselves to the current circumstances and are trying to make your carrier visions clear. I am very proud of you all and happy to see all of your initiatives.

To my further delight, I was able to sense the “Spirit of Altruism” oozing out of your every word. Being altruistic is a fundamental quality needed by leaders. Leaders should always think about the people around them and make decisions. They should always be altruists with compassion. I am expecting all of you to play an important role as leaders of the next generation with altruism and will achieve “SDGs”, “Vision 2040”, and “Personal Vision” in the future.

The year 2020 was the 20th anniversary of ASJA International (ASJA).

Referring to all the messages from you, we will continue working on fostering leaders who could be bridges between ASEAN countries and Japan. I will always imagine the world filled with TYCA alumni, the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA), and the people involved in ASJA International working hard to create a more peaceful world.

Kazuhisa Matsuoka

Secretary General
ASJA International





アスジャ・インターナショナル 事務総長



In many countries, the spread of the new coronavirus has changed the lives of people. In Japan, a country that does not like to change much, there have been many diverse and significant changes, such as the rapid increase in remote work at companies, the year-long remote lectures at schools, and the uncertainty of the Tokyo Olympics, which we had been looking forward to.

I’m sure everyone feels the inconvenience of not being able to do the things they were looking forward to. At the same time, however, I think it is a valuable experience to be able to study major changes in international society that we may never experience in our lifetime. I personally feel that the new coronavirus is urging our society to move forward with institutional reforms and technological innovations.

Although I too regret the inconvenience of not being able to do the things I look forward to, I would like to move forward with all of you with the intention of enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime significant change. I’m sorry that I couldn’t meet you all, but I send my gratitude to TYCA for allowing me to interact with you all in this new way.

Naoki Ishibashi

Faculty of Data Science, Musashino University




武蔵野大学 データサイエンス学部教授