The 2015 delegates at the Japanese American National Museum (Photo by Evan Kodani)
From January 30 to 31, members of the 2015 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) gathered in Los Angeles for a two-day orientation.
The meetings were held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, and were facilitated by USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and Senior Vice President Kaz Maniwa, along with Consul Izuru Shimmura of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. 2002 JALD participant Mitch Maki led the group on a tour of the exhibition, Common Ground, the Heart of Community, at the Japanese American National Museum. Naomi Takasu spoke on behalf of the Japan Foundation, and Consul General Harry H. Horinouchi gave a briefing on U.S.-Japan Relations. Several USJC Council Members also participated in the orientation; Yuko Kaifu spoke about current social issues in Japan, and Kenji Kushida provided an overview of Japan’s political economy. Program alumni Debra Nakatomi and Stan Koyanagi spoke about membership engagement with USJC, as well as what to expect during the trip to Japan.
Consul General Horinouchi speaking to the delegates
Consul General Horinouchi hosted the delegates, along with local program alumni, at his home on Friday evening. On Saturday, the Japanese Business Association of Southern California held a networking dinner for the group at the Miyako Hotel to conclude the orientation.
The 2015 delegation is comprised of ten leaders in business, law, medicine, science, technology and non-profit sectors from Chapel Hill, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Washington, DC. They are active in their communities, engaged in U.S.-Japan relations and committed to furthering relationships between Japanese Americans and Japan.
The group will travel to Tokyo and Hiroshima from March 6 to 14, where they will meet with top business and government officials and participate in a symposium co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
More information and delegate biographies can be found at http://www.usjapancouncil.org/jald.
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