USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye was recently interviewed by Yomiuri Shimbun on developments in U.S.-Japan relations in the Heisei era, as well as changes that the new Reiwa era would bring. The article, in which she discusses aspects that include the growing diversity of Japanese Americans, appeared in the print newspaper on April 6. Excerpts of the interview can be found on Yomiuri's accounts on Facebook and Twitter (in Japanese).
USJC members were involved in the Fifth World Assembly for Women (WAW!), which the Government of Japan held in Tokyo earlier this week. This WAW! was held in collaboration with Women 20 (W20), a group established to make recommendations to G20. Kathy Matsui, Chair of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors--who also coined the term "Womenomics"--moderated a panel discussion with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Ms. Yousafzai, who was one of the keynote speakers, discussed the importance of educational opportunities for women. Member of the USJC Board of Directors Atsuko Fish also spoke during WAW!, discussing her work with the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (which USJC supports) and the Champion of Change Japan Award. A summary of the outcome of the Fifth WAW! can be found here (in Japanese).
The Asahi Shimbun recently published an in-depth article on Secretary Norman Mineta (Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors), based on interviews he gave during the 2018 USJC Annual Conference, when his documentary Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story (co-produced by Council Leaders Dianne Fukami (who also directed the film) and Debra Nakatomi) premiered in Japan. The article was published in time for the Day of Remembrance, February 19, which commemorates the day that President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Click here to read the article (available to paid subscribers only).
The film is now scheduled to premiere on PBS on May 20, 2019, from 9 to 10pm Eastern Time. For more information, please click here.