(From left to right) Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Mrs. Yoriko Fujisaki, Ambassador John Roos, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye and Senator Daniel Inouye.
Photo by Lori Hamamoto
On July 26th, notable politicians, diplomats, business leaders, U.S.-Japan Council corporate sponsors and other distinguished guests gathered in the U.S. Capitol building for a reception hosted by Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye, together with Chairman Thomas Iino addressed attendees, providing an introduction to the U.S.-Japan Council and highlighting the important role of Japanese American leaders in today's society. They also thanked the Council's supporters including representatives from new corporate sponsors, FedEx and General Dynamics.
Senator Inouye and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also addressed the attendees, emphasizing the importance of building lasting relationships to unite the two nations. Speaker Pelosi spoke fondly about her recent visit to Hiroshima to attend the G-8 Speakers Conference two years ago. She said it was special because many of the families of the Japanese and Japanese Americans who live in her district hail from Hiroshima.
It was an honor to have Speaker Pelosi, Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Secretary Eric Shinseki join us for the occasion. In addition, it was very special to see Ambassador John V. Roos, Ambassador Thomas Foley and Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki together at the event.
There was also a strong presence of Japanese business leaders present at the reception, led by Takashi Ohde of the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC (JCAW). Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Mitsui USA, Sumitomo Corporation of American, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ITOCHU International, Inc., Mitsubishi International Corporation, Hitachi Ltd., Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Toshiba America,Inc. were also represented.