Consul-General Katayama (third from left) and Mrs. Katayama with Ms. Hirano Inouye, USJC Members (Council Members Dayne Kono (left), Wesley Stockstill (second from left) and Toshiki Masaki (fifth from right)) and members of the Detroit community
On June 18, Dr. Kazuyuki Katayama, Consul-General of Japan in Detroit, graciously hosted a dinner reception for USJC Members with his wife Yukari. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye attended this reception at the Consul-General's residence, as did several Detroit community and business leaders.
Dr. Katayama reflected on the first 18 months of his current assignment to Detroit, where he is responsible for Michigan and Ohio. USJC’s commitment to build presence in the Motor City area complements Dr. Katayama’s objective to further strengthen relations between Japan and this area of the United States.
During her stay in Detroit, Ms. Hirano Inouye also met with local USJC Members and delegates and alumni of the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program at the downtown office of the Kresge Foundation. The 2015 American delegates of this program will travel to Tokyo and Sendai next month; the 2015 Japanese delegates are scheduled to visit Detroit and Washington, DC in September.
(L-R) Mr. Anthony Ray, 2013 alumnus of the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program; Mr. Masaki; Mr. Anthony Askew, 2015 delegate; Ms. Hirano Inouye; Ms. Marie Alexander, 2015 delegate; Mr. Benjamin Kennedy, 2014 alumnus and Associate Member; Mr. Kono