Asian American Leadership Delegation


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The 2016 Delegates in in Tokyo, Japan


The Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program provides the opportunity for a select group of Asian American leaders from across the U.S. to travel to Japan to engage with Japanese leaders in the business, government, academic, and nonprofit sectors. USJC works with these state legislators to broaden the understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship in United States legislative bodies and to foster connections among diverse Asian American leaders and Japanese government, business and civil society leaders. After taking part in the Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program, participants will have opportunities to continue pursuing an active role in U.S.-Japan relations by connecting with USJC’s extensive international, national and regional networks. The program is funded by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and supported by The National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators. 

The AALD Program began in 2014, and 17 delegates have participated to date.



In the fourth year of this signature program, the Asian American Leadership Delegation will consist of a one-week trip for a delegation of six state legislators plus two trip leaders to visit Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. The delegation will meet with Japanese national and local political and government officials, business executives and community leaders to exchange ideas as well as create networks that can mutually benefit each other in the short- to long-term. The program provides business class airfare travel from the United States to Japan and back, hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation expenses within Japan.



  1. Improve understanding and strengthen long-term relations between Asian Americans and Japan.

  2. Develop and implement ongoing strategies to expand the role of Asian Americans in advancing U.S.-Japan relations.

  3. Develop a network of Asian American leaders that will continue to work together to advance long-term U.S.-Japan relations at the state and regional levels.  


  • The trip to Japan will be September 29-October 7, 2017.
  • Orientation: This is a mandatory conference call that will take place in late summer for all delegates that will travel to Japan.
  • The itinerary will include travel to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka (subject to change).
  • Transportation, hotels and meals will be provided.
  • Delegates are required to attend all meetings and events during the trip.
  • Spouses and guests are not permitted to attend the trip but may join delegates after the trip, at their own expense. 


The U.S.-Japan Council will approve the final six Asian American leaders for the 2017 delegation. Selection for the 2017 delegation will give consideration to individuals who are serving as elected officials at the state level. Members of the delegation will speak at a symposium in Tokyo sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Council and funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

In making the final recommendations for the delegation, criteria will also include:

  • Regional representation
  • Diversity of legislative committee assignments and professional backgrounds
  • Gender balance  


Individuals selected must be able to travel to Japan from September 29 to October 7, 2017 and attend an orientation by conference call in late summer of 2017. The program provides business class airfare travel from the United States to Japan and back and hotel accommodations, meals and ground transportation expenses within Japan.

Deadline for application submission: Friday, May 26, 2017.

Please submit a resume no longer than 5 pages in length. If the following information is not included in your resume, please provide an additional attachment.

  • Address – business and home (specify preferred mailing address)
  • Telephone – business, home, cell phone
  • Email address
  • State legislative experience including leadership, committee assignments and tenure in legislature
  • If applicable, other employer
  • Job title
  • Job field
  • Professional affiliations & leadership positions
  • Community/volunteer affiliations and leadership positions
  • Date of birth
  • If applicable, prior visits to Japan (specify year, length of stay and purpose of visit)

Please provide a brief response to the following questions (attach separate sheet – no more than two pages double-spaced):

  1. Why do you wish to participate in this program?
  2. If applicable, briefly describe any prior experience you have had in U.S.-Japan relations and/or U.S.-Asia relations.
  3. How did you learn about this program?

Please send all information to the U.S.-Japan Council either by e-mail to or by mail to 1819 L Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036 (ATTN: Dana Fager).

For more information, please contact: 

Irene Kawanabe, Director, National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, at

Dana Fager, Development Coordinator, U.S.-Japan Council, at



2016 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program 

2015 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program

2014 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program