Irene Hirano Inouye speaking at the New York seminar (Photo courtesy of Jiji Press)
On October 23 and November 23, 2015, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye spoke at the Jiji Press Top Seminar in New York and Los Angeles, respectively. Every year, Jiji Press holds seminars in several international cities, inviting prominent leaders in business, government and more. The Jiji Top Seminar has been organized for nearly forty years, with membership consisting mainly of Japanese business executive in the United States.
Many of our supporters attended the New York event, including Corporate Partners and other sponsors. Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York, also took the time to attend. Under the theme "The evolving leadership of Japanese Americans," Ms. Hirano Inouye spoke about the history of Japanese Americans, the Japanese American National Museum, the origins and current programs of USJC and the TOMODACHI Initiative.
The Los Angeles event also brought in many attendees -- about fifty people -- from the Japanese community in the region. Ms. Hirano Inouye spoke about USJC, TOMODACHI, and Japanese American leadership overall, and shared a video of three Japanese American pioneers, including Senator Daniel Inouye.
These events were made possible thanks to the leadership of Mr. Itsuro Umemoto, Bureau Chief of the Jiji Press New York Bureau. He met Irene Hirano Inouye through the introduction of Ms. Yuko Kaifu, Council Leader/USJC Member who is part of the Jiji Top Seminar membership in Los Angeles. Our sincere thanks to Jiji Press for this wonderful opportunity!