Delegation of Japanese American Leaders Meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Abe thanked the ten-member delegation and U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye for demonstrating their continued support for Japan and said, “This year is the 70th year since the end of the World War II, and I understand that Japanese Americans have overcome many difficulties during this time. Allow me to express my sincere thanks to the efforts of Japanese Americans leaders in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations.” 

The meeting was one of the highlights of the 2015 Japanese American Leadership Delegation program, which provides opportunities for Japanese Americans to establish a meaningful role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. Other leaders they met in Tokyo included the U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League, with whom they discussed 70 years of U.S.-Japan collaboration since the end of the war.

Before traveling to Tokyo, the delegates visited Hiroshima, where many Japanese Americans (including two of the delegates this year) have their ancestral roots. They met with Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki, and participated in a symposium titled “Aging and Dementia: Cooperation between the U.S. and Japan, from Research to Health Care,” co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council, with support from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka, the Hiroshima Prefectural Government, and the Japan-America Society of Hiroshima, which was attended by over 100 people. 


The ten participants of the program are active in their communities, engaged in U.S.-Japan relations and committed to deepening ties between Japanese Americans and Japan. JALD is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and organized by the U.S.-Japan Council, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building people-to-people relations between the United States and Japan. For more information, visit

2015 Delegates
• Ms. Lynn Hashimoto (Seattle, WA), Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation
• Ms. Yoshie Ito (New York, NY), Assistant Director, Global Initiatives, Asia Society
• Mr. Toshiki Masaki (Detroit, MI), Manager, Government Affairs, Ford Motor Company
• Dr. Richard I. Morimoto (Chicago, IL), Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology, Northwestern University
• Ms. Priscilla Ouchida (San Francisco, CA), Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League
• Ms. Linda Taira (Los Angeles, CA), Senior Manager, Communications, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
• Ms. Sach Takayasu (Washington. DC), President & CEO, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship
• Mr. Tyler Tokioka (Honolulu, HI), Vice President, External Affairs & Agency Relations, Island Insurance Companies
• Dr. Tracy Tsuetaki (Chapel Hill, NC), Operating Partner, Symphony Technology Group
• Dr. Robin Yasui (Denver, CO), Director of Geriatrics, Denver Health
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Photo Captions:

First photo: The JALD group gathered at the Prime Minister's official residence prior to meeting with him. (Left to right) Irene Hirano Inouye, Toshiki Masaki, Robin Yasui, Yoshie Ito, Tyler Tokioka, Priscilla Ouchida, Lynn Hashimoto, Sach Takayasu, Richard Morimoto, Tracy Tsuetaki, Linda Taira
Second photo: Panelists of the symposium in Hiroshima (left to right) Linda Taira, Robin Yasui and Richard Morimoto