Toshiba Youth Club Asia: 6 Countries with 1 Vision for ASEAN
My experience being one of Indonesia's representatives for the program in 2019.
A very fun, experience-filled, all-expense-paid trip to Tokyo are the first few things that pop into my head when the annual Toshiba Youth Club Asia is mentioned.
I had the opportunity to join this amazing program held by TIFO (Toshiba International Foundation) with the hopes of fostering Asia's very own 2040 leaders in the future, encouraging us to discuss innovative and sustainable ideas that can be implemented globally in the future.
Not only that, I got to experience it all at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center located in Tokyo's Shibuya ward.
The first part of the program was briefly discussing the chosen social issue each of us wrote about prior to the trip. It was super thrilling to hear their very interesting views by each country's representatives (Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia). From education issues to poverty, the fruitful discussion was knowledgeable and I learned so much just on the first day!
We then proceeded to be divided into groups of 4 to prepare for the presentation that we will do at the end of the program, in front of all of our embassies.
The entire week was filled with lectures and workshops from different mentors in Japan and I genuinely felt like I gained so much knowledge - about sustainability and the world in general.
Having my new friends from different countries share our different social issues and how we all can work together in the future to make ASEAN and Asia as a whole a much better place to live in.
On the third day, we got the opportunity to visit the Toshiba Science Museum.
It was very interesting getting to see some of Japan's first technologies and delved into the relationship between technology and the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)!
I was personally amazed at how they took care of and preserved so many old-fashioned machines I would've never seen if I didn't get the chance to come to this museum.
One of the most interesting experiences was getting to see a demonstration of a wind-up doll that brings you tea created by one of Toshiba's founders over 150 years ago, Hisashige Tanaka.
I highly recommend to anyone, especially high school students, to visit this museum because of the variety of techniques that they own! If you're interested in working within technology then, this is the place for you.
They have so many interactive and fun simulations, even young kids would enjoy. It was a super knowledge-filling day!
We also visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Emperor Shoken in the Shibuya ward! Impressed with the amount of nature in the hustling bustling city of Tokyo, this was such a nice visit!
And now for the highlight of the trip: Our presentation!
Throughout the 7-day program, all 4 groups were to choose a social issue to be presented alongside our innovative ideas on the last day of the program.
My group, team A, chose to advocate for water cleanliness. Presenting in front of various organizations, embassies of the ASEAN countries, and representatives of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I'm pleased to say our presentation went well!