2009 Japanese American Leadership Delegation


The 2009 Delegates in Kyoto


The ninth Japanese American Leadership Delegation traveled to Japan on February 26th – March 8th, 2009.  The Delegation visited Kyoto, Tokyo and Okinawa.  Highlights of the trip included meetings with Prime Minister Taro Aso and other high-level Japanese leaders including government officials, parliamentarians and business executives.

The 2009 Delegates represented twelve cities from throughout the U.S. and Canada including Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Las Cruces, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Seattle, New York City, Phoenix, San Antonio and Vancouver.  The Delegation represented diverse professions including business, communications, finance, government, health, higher education, law, marketing and media.


The 2009 Program Symposium – “Building New Networks – An Era of Change in Japanese American-Japanese Relations” – sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Japanese American National Museum and coordinated by Dr. Tosh Minohara of Kobe University and Irene Hirano Inouye, featured delegates Dianne Fukami, Ken Miyagishima, and Patricia Neilson as panelists, with commentator Dr. Kurayoshi Takara of the University of the Ryukyus. Click here to download the symposium report.



Wendy Akemi Abe, Hawaii
Dianne Fukami, Northern California
Michael K. Hirai, Hawaii
Elaine Ikoma Ko, Washington
Robert W. Kumaki, Illinois
Kenneth D. Miyagishima, New Mexico
Debra Nakatomi, Southern California
Ted Tetsuya Namba, Arizona
Patricia Akemi Neilson, Massachusetts
Peter Sakai, Texas
Edward Kiyoshi Shikada, Northern California
Kirk Hiroyuki Tambara, Washington
Marianne R.M. Yoshioka, New York