On November 19th, 2012, Nippon.com featured an interview with USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye. In the interview, she reflects on the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship, the unique role that Japanese Americans can play in that relationship and the ways in which the TOMODACHI generation can continue to strengthen these ties:
"Many young Americans are interested in all the things that have come to be a part of the “new Japan.” I have hope for the younger generation. This is why I think it’s so important to invest in young people: young Americans, including Japanese Americans, and young Japanese alike. The work that the US-Japan Council has been doing on the Tomodachi Initiative is vital. As this initiative has begun bringing young Japanese to the United States, we have whenever possible helped young Japanese to meet young Japanese Americans. It will be important to ensure that the next generations of Japanese Americans are more connected to Japan than the sansei were. I see a great deal of enthusiasm among young Japanese Americans who want to learn more."
The full interview is available here.