First Japanese American Commander in the Chicago Department of Police Selected to Go to Tokyo and Fukuoka Prefecture to Meet with Top Japanese Officials

CHICAGO – Gary Yamashiroya, Chicago Department of Police, will travel to Japan from March 7 to 15 on the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program, which brings ten prominent Japanese Americans to Japan for a week-long trip dedicated to building people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders. In its 14th year, JALD provides opportunities for Japanese Americans to establish a meaningful role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations across all sectors of society.

Detective Commander Yamashiroya and the other delegates will visit Fukuoka in the Kyushu region, an economically and culturally dynamic prefecture where many Japanese Americans have their ancestral roots. They will also participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC). The delegates will then visit Tokyo, where past delegations have typically met with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and top business executives, among others.  This will be Detective Commander Yamashiroya’s first visit to Japan.

Detective Commander Yamashiroya has spent the past 27 years with the Chicago Police Department. He has also served as Commander of the Chicago Police Academy and as a District Commander in the 23rd District; Coordinator – Local Law Enforcement Training Resources for the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; and Professor of Criminal Justice at Truman College. He has worked closely with Japanese officials, assisting them in the field of Criminal Justice and Law. He has hosted meetings and panels to provide information and guidance to the Japanese government and their police agencies. Detective Commander Yamashiroya earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois College of Business and a J.D. at the DePaul University College of Law. He attended the Timothy J. O’Connor Training Academy in Chicago.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for me both professionally and personally,” Detective Commander Yamashiroya said.   “I am certain this trip will allow me to discover new and more impactful ways to advance U.S.-Japan relations, especially in my area of expertise - law enforcement and criminal justice.  Since this is my first trip to Japan, it will also give me a chance to meaningfully connect with my heritage.  I thank the U.S.-Japan Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful program.”

The delegates come from across the country and are active in their communities, engaged in U.S.-Japan relations and committed to deepening ties between Japanese Americans and Japan. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye will lead the delegation. The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and organized by USJC.

** Detective Commander Yamashiroya is available to comment before, during and after his trip to Japan. Contact USJC Communications Manager Shiori Okazaki at sokazaki@usjapancouncil.org or 202-223-6843 to arrange an interview. For more information and biographies of all ten delegates visit: www.usjapancouncil.org/programs/program/JALD

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