Asian American Leadership Delegation


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The 2017 Delegates in Osaka, 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 23 delegates have participated to date.


2018 AALD Program

In the fifth 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 to meet with Japanese national and local political and governmental officials, business executives and community leaders to exchange ideas and create networks that are mutually beneficial in the short and long-term. 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.

Individuals will travel to Japan from November 30 to December 8, 2018 and attend an orientation by conference call in November 2018.

Applications are closed. 

For inquires about the program, please email



2017 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program

2016 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program 

2015 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program

2014 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program