Asian American Leadership Delegation


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The 2015 Delegates at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly


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 non-profit 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 AALD Program began in 2014, and eleven delegates have participated to date. The 2016 Delegation includes the following six Delegates:

  • State Senator William C. Espero, Hawaii State Legislature

  • State Representative Mia Su-Ling Gregerson, Washington State Legislature

  • Delegate Mark Lee Keam, Virginia General Assembly

  • Delegate Aruna Miller, Maryland General Assembly

  • State Representative Prasad Srinivasan, Connecticut General Assembly

  • State Representative Eugene Y. Wu, Texas Legislature



In the third year of this signature program, the Asian American Leadership Delegation will consist of a one-week trip for the delegation and 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 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 and hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation expenses within Japan.


Trip Schedule and Other Details

  • The trip to Japan will be December 2 – 10, 2016
  • Orientation –This is a mandatory video conference that will take place in autumn 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.



2015 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program

2014 Asian American Leadership Delegation Program