Council Leader Kathy Matsui was part of a Japan Society event held in New York on May 10, titled "Womenomics-in-Action: Approaches by the Japanese, American & European Governments." The panel studied how Japanese corporations will implement measures to increase the number of female managers, examined the American government's efforts to promote women's empowerment, and assessed whether Japan and the U.S. might adopt policies such as a quota system, which has met with success in Scandinavian countries.
On May 2, USJC Senior Vice President and Council Leader Kaz Maniwa represented Japantown at the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. The event celebrated the 110th anniversary of Japantown (the San Francisco one is the oldest in the country). Current Mayor Edwin Lee, Former Mayor Willie Brown and Consul General of Japan Jun Yamada attended, along with about 300 guests. Clickhere to see the video of Japantown's history and Mr. Maniwa's speech (the Japantown segment begins at about 48 minutes in).
In March 2016, Council Leader Bob Kumaki participated in the MOFA Domestic & Foreign Multilayer Network of Influential Figures. He was one of two Americans invited by the Government of Japan. The focus of the trip was to provide influential figures abroad with accurate information on Japan’s policies and values to expand the outreach of Japan’s policy advocacy, and work as a communications hub for exchanging ideas and disseminating accurate information to the world. Leaders Mr. Kumaki met with included Mr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet; Ms. Miki Ebara, Editor in Chief, NHK World; and Mr. Kenko Sone, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs.