The 2012 Consuls General - Japanese American Leaders Meeting.
The 8th Annual Consuls General and Japanese American Leaders Meeting (CG-JA) was held on Sunday, October 7th in Seattle, WA.
This year, a joint breakfast meeting brought together 17 Japanese American leaders, nine representatives from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), 18 Consuls General, Consuls and Acting Consuls General, three Ministers, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Secretary Norman Mineta.
The meeting served as a special briefing session on U.S.-Japan relations and the recent political situation in Japan. Opening remarks were provided by Secretary Mineta along with co-chairs Minister Hideaki Mizukoshi and U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye. Highlighted were ways the relationship between the U.S. and Japan has been strengthened following the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Discussion took place on issues central to the current state of affairs in Japanese foreign relations, and featured remarks by Senator Inouye. Officials from the Japanese government asked for continued support from their Japanese American counterparts.
The remainder of the day was used for a public briefing which was attended by more than 90 people and included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Japan, regional Japanese Consulate offices, honorary Consuls General and Japanese Americans from throughout the country. The briefing was conducted over two sessions and was moderated by Minister Hideaki Mizukoshi of the Embassy of Japan.
Senator Daniel K. Inouye opened the session with a reminder of the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship and was followed by a briefing by Director General Junichi Ihara on Japanese Diplomacy with regards to relations with neighboring countries, energy, regional security and an update on the political agenda of Japan. The briefing continued following lunch with discussions about the Japanese economy and the importance of continued People-to-People exchange, including Legislative / Diet exchanges, and ways for enhancing business, language and cultural initiatives.