The first Japanese American Leadership Delegation traveled to Japan on September 25th – October 6th, 2000. The delegation visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Highlights of the trip included meetings with high-level Japanese leaders including government officials, parliamentarians and business executives.
The 2000 delegation represented the cities of Del Rey, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco and San Jose and diverse professions including agriculture, business, cultural and community affairs, education, government, journalism, law and non-profit administration.
Wayne Doiguchi, Northern California
Irene Hirano, Southern California
Eugene Itogawa, Northern California
Kaz Maniwa, Northern California
David Mas Masumoto, Northern California
Diane Matsuda, Northern California
Alan Nishio, Southern California
Paul Osaki, Northern California
Dale Shimasaki, Northern California
Bryan S. Takeda, Southern California
Richard Uchida, Northern California
Karen Wada, Southern California