The Annual Meeting of the Ambassador, Consuls General and Japanese American Leaders (CG-JA) is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and organized by the U.S.-Japan Council and the Embassy of Japan. The purpose of the meeting is to bring leadership together from both sides of the Pacific to discuss how to collaboratively work together to ensure a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. Consistent with the U.S.-Japan Council mission, building strong enduring “people-to-people” relationships among Japanese Americans and Japanese leaders has been the goal of these meetings throughout the years.
Ambassador Sasae; Minister Tamaki Tsukada, Head of Chancery at the Embassy of Japan; USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and other leaders engage in discussion
On December 1, prominent Japanese Americans (JA) from across the United States were selected to participate in a discussion with Japanese government leaders as part of MOFA's annual meeting of the Ambassador, Consuls General (CG) and Japanese American Leaders in Washington, DC.
The talks explored how the U.S.-Japan relationship plays out locally across the country, and how both the Japanese government and individual communities can raise the profile of, as well as increase, the positive activities and contributions to U.S.-Japan relations that take place in the United States. Clean energy innovation, Japanese companies' regional investments, transportation and delegation visits to Japan by state and local government leaders were some highlights of these activities. The discussion also focused on the need for increased investments in people-to-people exchanges across sectors.
(L-R) Mr. Arthur Taniguchi, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Hilo; Mr. Yasushi Misawa, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu; and Ms. Sherry Menor-McNamara, Council Member and President & CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Following the formal meeting, Ambassador of Japan Kenichiro Sasae hosted a lunch at his residence for the JA leaders, Consuls General and Honorary Consuls General.
The CG-JA meeting is an annual collaborative effort between the Embassy of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council.
Previous meetings have occurred in:
February 2003 in Los Angeles
January 2004 in Washington, DC
November 2005 in San Francisco
June 2007 in New York City
January 2009 in Washington, DC
February 2010 in Washington, DC
February 2011 in Washington, DC
October 2012 in Seattle, WA
November 2013 in Washington, DC
October 2014 in Washington, DC