U.S.-Japan Council Newsletter
August 2nd, 2018
1. Analyzing Japanese American Demographics
Mr. Ichinose speaks on the demographic trends of Japanese Americans
"Is the Japanese American Community Shrinking?"— On June 27, USJC members and community members pondered this question at an event organized by the USJC Southern California region in Los Angeles. Dan Ichinose, the Project Director for Demographic Research at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, presented the demographic trends of the Japanese American community.
Depending on how one counts, there are 1.5 million Japanese Americans in the United States, and the ethnic group has grown by 13%. Forty-five percent of Japanese Americans are now multiracial and multicultural, and that figure is predicted to exceed 50% by the 2020 census. Of all the Asian communities, the Japanese American community has the lowest immigrant population, the highest median age, and is the most multicultural.
Mr. Ichinose inspired a robust discussion about the future of many Japanese American organizations, what services will be needed in the future, and the impact this has on identity and culture. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the dialogue and opportunity to consider the impact of how the Japanese American community is evolving.
2. Recent Events
Leadership Retreat and Members' Reception Held in Seattle
(L-R) Japanese Consul General in Seattle Yoichiro Yamada, Vice Chairs of the USJC Board of Directors Tomoko Kizawa and Susan Morita, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and Council Leader Pat Oishi at the reception
From July 20 to 21, members of the USJC Executive Committee and select Committee Chairs were invited to attend a Leadership Retreat in Seattle. They flew in from Japan and all over the United States and discussed the future direction of USJC. Chair of the Board Phyllis Campbell hosted a reception with Seattle members and supporters in conjunction with the retreat. Approximately 30 guests attended, including Consul General of Japan in Seattle Yoichiro Yamada, Senior Consul Takeshi Murazawa, and several leaders of the Japan Business Association of Seattle.
USJC Secretary Tasha Yorozu summarizes ideas as Board Member Kazuhiro Gomi and USJC Executive Vice President and COO Laura Winthrop Abbot look on
Pursuing a Healthy Lifestyle with Candice Kumai
Candice Kumai and Mirai Nagasu demonstrate a healthy smoothie
On July 7, nearly 100 people attended Candice Kumai's "Wellness Workshoppe" in Santa Monica, California. Wellness and lifestyle author, chef and TV personality Candice Kumai, as well as guest Mirai Nagasu, U.S. Olympic Figure Skater, discussed their career challenges, and how Japanese American culture has influenced their work ethic and values. The event concluded with Q&A, networking and great sushi!
(L-R) Council Leader Sandy Sakamoto (USJC Regional Chair for Southern California), Associate Tammy Funasaki (lead event planner) and Erika Brechtel from Citrus Studios (event host)
3. TOMODACHI News
American Mitsui Delegates Visit Miyagi and Tokyo
The delegates, including USJC Associate Mike Sueoka (in orange), on board the shinkansen to Tohoku
In the intense July heat, a diverse group of young American professionals put their minds to work with several business and government leaders in Miyagi Prefecture and in Tokyo as part of the 2018 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program.
The delegates spent two days in Miyagi learning about revitalization efforts in coastal cities Onagawa and Ishinomaki, including Onagawa's efforts focusing on tourism and Ishinomaki's on business incubation and entrepreneurship. In Sendai, they met with leaders in the energy sector and government officials.
Delegates learn about the structure and future direction of Ishinomaki
After leaving Tohoku, the delegates continued to Tokyo. They attended meetings with business leaders, including sessions with Mitsui & Co., UNIQLO, Haneda Airport and IDEO, and with a women's leadership panel that featured USJC Council Leader Janelle Sasaki and others. They were joined by ten counterpart Japanese delegates, who will travel to Boston and Washington, DC in September. The American group also gave presentations to the Mitsui leadership on possible future business opportunities for Mitsui. This included discussions on using blockchain to improve efficiency (presented by Mike Sueoka, who is also a USJC Associate and ELP '17), as well as self-driving cars and energy batteries.
The week culminated in a dinner reception with Mitsui executives and USJC members and supporters. Special remarks were made by Satoshi Tanaka, Representative Director, Executive Vice President – Mitsui & Co., Ltd.; Dan Fujii, USJC (Japan) Board Member and President & CEO of Trust Capital Co., Ltd.; Jonas Stewart, Acting Minister Counselor, Public Affairs – U.S. Embassy, and Harvard Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi. About 90 people were in attendance, including USJC (Japan) Board Members Russell K. Kawahara and Henry Takata, Council Leader Suzanne Basalla and USJC Associate Steve Sakanashi (ELP '15.)
The TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, now in its sixth year, is designed to play an important role in building a "TOMODACHI generation" of creative thinkers and driven doers who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.
Alumni of the Mitsui program, many of them USJC Associates, enthusiastically gathered at the Tokyo reception--surrounding USJC Senior Vice President Kaz Maniwa (front row, second from right), who accompanies the delegates every year
Supporting Those Affected by the Japan Floods
Update: the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California has now joined the Fund!
Japan is currently experiencing what is considered the worst weather disaster the country has faced in 36 years. The floods and landslides in western Japan in July led to severe damage, most notably in the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures. Hundreds of people have lost their lives, many have suffered damages to their homes, and many more are left without water.
The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and our friends at other U.S.-Japan related organizations offer heartfelt thoughts to all who are affected. Many in the U.S. have strong ties to the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama communities through people-to-people programs and exchanges. Many Japanese Americans also have family ties or personal connections to the region.
USJC, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the United States-Japan Foundation have established the Japan Flood Friendship Fund (JFFF) to aid those who are affected. 100% of the contributions will go to relief efforts through our network of nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground. We also welcome organizations that would be interested in partnering with us to support those in need.
Please consider donating through the form here. If you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to the U.S.-Japan Council and mail to:
Attn: Japan Flood Friendship Fund
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
If you have any inquiries or would like to partner with us, please write to JFFF@usjapancouncil.org or call 202-223-6840.
Register Now for the 2018 USJC Annual Conference in Tokyo!
U.S.-Japan Council 2018 Annual Conference
Partnering for Impact Today, Investing in a Sustainable Tomorrow
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Registration is open for the U.S.-Japan Council 2018 Annual Conference, to be held November 8-9!
Each year, USJC's Annual Conference is attended by distinguished U.S. and Japanese leaders from all sectors, including business, government and civil society. This year, USJC returns to Tokyo to discuss how the United States and Japan can build a sustainable future together. The Conference will explore ways to collaborate toward mutual goals like supporting women leaders, and facing common challenges, including aging populations and security issues in Asia. The Conference will also discuss regional ties among various cities in both countries, the impact the midterm elections will have in the United States, strengthening philanthropy in Japan, and ways Tokyo can leverage the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games for future growth.
Join USJC & USJC (Japan) in Tokyo to discuss how to create lasting partnerships and benefit communities on both sides of the Pacific. Click here to learn more and to register.
5. Member News
Matsui Family featured in the Los Angeles Times
Council Leader Teresa Matsui, her father Andy Matsui and their family were recently featured in the Los Angeles Times. The article notes the generosity of the Matsui family, which runs a highly successful business of growing orchids at the Matsui Nursery. Mr. Matsui, an Issei, and his family have given away millions in scholarships for high school and college students, as well as to organizations in Southern California. Teresa's sister, Kathy Matsui, is Chair of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors. Click here or on the image above to read more.
6. Upcoming Events
Break Through: Women in Silicon Valley, Womenomics in Japan
When: August 9, 2018, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Arrillaga Alumni Center, McCaw Hall, Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
The Break Through conference aims to create a dialogue that will spark innovative ideas for narrowing the gender gap by bringing together women thought leaders and entrepreneurs from Stanford, Silicon Valley and Japan to cultivate interpersonal support networks and collaboration. This conference is organized by Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (S-APARC) Japan Program with support from the Acceleration Program in Tokyo for Women (APT), which is part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Council Leader Atsuko Jenks (Managing Director-Japan, GSV Labs) is one of the speakers. To see more information or to register (the deadline is tomorrow), visit the event webpage here.
U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program Day at Angel Stadium
When: August 12, 2018 at 1:07pm
Where: Angel Stadium (Anaheim, CA)
Join the Emerging Leaders Program alumni as they host a special Japanese Heritage Day at Angel Stadium! Each ticket guarantees a bobblehead of two-way Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani. After purchasing tickets, please see your confirmation email for information on how to pick up your bobblehead at the game. Click here or on the image above to purchase tickets.
Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II
When: Ongoing through December 8, 2018
Where: National Museum of American History (Washington, DC)
Last year, the National Museum of American History opened an exhibit to mark 75 years since Executive Order 9066 authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. On display are artifacts, photographs and stories collected from Japanese American families. There will also be public programming throughout the year related to this exhibit.
For more information on the exhibit, please visit the official website.
Administrative Assistant for Development (Washington, DC)
The Administrative Assistant for Development position will have primary responsibility for administrative and operational support to USJC development activities. This position is in the Washington, DC headquarters office. This position will provide direct support to the Director of Partnerships & Development and to executive staff working on development areas. The Administrative Assistant for Development will interface with donors and related stakeholders. The position reports to the Director of Partnerships & Development and works in collaboration with staff in the USJC (Japan) office in Tokyo.
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Intern (Washington, DC)
The intern will provide support for Programs and Communications on a part-time or full-time basis. Duties will consist of program and event coordination and support, website/social media support, organization of and attendance at special events, outreach and communication, writing and translation (if able). This is an excellent internship for those hoping to gain experience in the programmatic, digital and strategic marketing and/or nonprofit fields. USJC's internship program offers outstanding opportunities for college students, graduate students and graduates who are interested in U.S.-Japan relations.
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TOMODACHI Marketing & Communications Manager (Tokyo)
The Marketing & Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic communications program to develop the profile and brand of the TOMODACHI Initiative among a diverse audience and stakeholders, including senior corporate executives, government leaders, program participants, donors, press and the general public. The Marketing & Communications Manager will work closely with teams within the TOMODACHI Initiative in the implementation of this mission, as well as with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
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