The 2018 Delegates with U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty (center) in Tokyo
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 29 delegates have participated to date.
In the sixth 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 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.
The U.S.-Japan Council will approve the final six Asian American leaders for the 2019 delegation. Selection for the 2019 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:
Please see details on how to apply here.
Deadline for receipt of applications: Friday, July 12, 2019
Applications should be submitted by email or mail to the U.S.-Japan Council, ATTN: Tamaki Laycock, 1819 L Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Please note "Application for the Asian American Leadership Delegation" on the front of the envelope if you mail the application.
Irene Kawanabe, Director, National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamaki Laycock, Program Coordinator, U.S.-Japan Council at email@example.com