Asian American Leadership Delegation


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The 2016 Delegates 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).



Applications have now closed. Thank you to all those who applied!


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