(L-R) Mr. Kawahara, Mr. Kono and Ms. Hirano Inouye
On July 14, seventeen USJC members and guests gathered for USJC Japan Region's inaugural Benkyokai Dinner. This meeting featured Minister Taro Kono, a member of Prime Minister Abe's cabinet and a long-time supporter of USJC.
Japan Regional Chair Russell Kawahara convened the Benkyoukai Dinner. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye made opening remarks about recent USJC developments, including new corporate partners and ongoing preparations for the Annual Conference in Silicon Valley.
Minister Kono gave the audience a true insider's view of current political issues and the political system in Japan. In his remarks and in the Q&A discussion that followed, Minister Kono treated attendees to his personal views on a wide range of topics, including issues related to the Imperial succession, the national budget, tax reform, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Tokyo Metropolitan election, labor and immigration policies and reforms, and stimulating the economy.
USJC thanks Board Members Russell Kawahara and Stan Koyanagi, as well as Yuko Kawahara, for organizing this event!