The 2016 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD), consisting of 10 Nikkei leaders from across the U.S., attended an orientation in Los Angeles on Jan. 29 and 30, and will visit Tokyo and Kobe from March 5 to 12.
The delegates are:
• Bruce Harrell of Seattle, president of the nine-member Seattle City Council. He was elected to a third term on the council in 2014.
• Eric Shintaro Hiraga of Denver, executive vice president/chief of staff at Denver International Airport and president of the Japan-America Society of Colorado.
• Bruce Hollywood of Washington, D.C., a fellow in the White House Leadership Development Program and former deputy division chief for the Joint Operational War Plans Division.
• Stan Masamitsu of Honolulu, president of Tony Group, a family-owned business of five automobile dealerships.
• Kiyo Matsumoto of Brooklyn, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York since 2008.
• Monte Del Mar (Noda) Mesa of Tamuning, Guam, general manager of Guam Premier Outlets, who has worked with the Japan Association of Travel Agents to promote Japanese tourism in Guam.
• Eric Nakajima of Amherst, Mass., director of the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
• Darren Nakata of Portland, Ore., attorney-at-law with Perkins Coie LLP and secretary of the Executive Committee of the Japan-America Society of Oregon.
• Mark Yokoyama of Alhambra, chief of the Alhambra Police Department and former police chief of Cypress.
• Tasha Yorozu of San Francisco, managing attorney at Yorozu Law Group and board member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California.
The purpose of the program, now in its 16th year, is to enable Japanese American leaders to engage with Japanese leaders in the business, government, academic, non-profit and cultural sectors, and to give Japanese leaders a greater understanding of multicultural America through the delegates’ stories...
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