Asian American State Legislators to Travel to Japan to Build Relations with Leaders (2016)

WASHINGTON, DC – Six Asian American state legislators will travel to Japan as part of the 2016 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) Program. The program will consist of a one-week trip from December 2 to 10, when the Delegation will travel to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka to meet with Japanese political and government leaders, business executives, non-profit leaders and academics to exchange ideas as well as create networks that can mutually benefit the U.S.-Japan relationship. AALD is funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and implemented by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), in collaboration with the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.

The AALD Program began in 2014, and eleven delegates have participated to date. The 2016 Delegation includes the following six Delegates. For four of them, it will be their first trip to Japan.

  • State Senator William C. Espero, Hawaii State Legislature
  • State Representative Mia Su-Ling Gregerson, Washington State Legislature
  • Delegate Mark Keam, Virginia General Assembly
  • Delegate Aruna Miller, Maryland General Assembly
  • State Representative Prasad Srinivasan, Connecticut General Assembly
  • State Representative Gene Wu, Texas Legislature

As part of the program, the delegates will speak at a panel discussion titled “Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators,” discussing their varied personal and political journeys. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye—who will accompany the delegation along with Irene Kawanabe, Director of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators—will serve as moderator. During the discussion, the legislators will reflect on their exchange of ideas and their time in Japan. This event will be held on Thursday, December 8 at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo, from 16:00 to 17:30. To learn more about the panel discussion or to register, please visit: (members of the media are requested to register here).

To learn more about media opportunities, please contact USJC Communications Manager Shiori Okazaki at or 202-223-6843. For more information about the program and to read the biographies of all six delegates, see: For more information on USJC, see: