We thank Japan Region Chair Russell Kawahara for providing the following article, and for Planning Committee Member Yuko Kawahara for organizing this event!
The USJC Japan Region celebrated the year-end with a presentation on the movie industry in Japan by Mr. William Ireton and a reception party at the Tokyo American Club. The event also served as a welcome party for the six distinguished delegates of the Asian American Leadership Delegation.
Japan Region Chair Russell Kawahara convened and emceed the event. Irene Hirano Inouye updated everyone on recent USJC developments and introduced the AALD delegates.
William (“Bill”) Ireton, Founder and President of Ireton Entertainment and a member of the USJC (Japan)’s Board of Councilors, was the keynote speaker. Bill has been involved with all aspects of the movie industry in Japan, including theatrical production and distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, video games and local production. Since starting his own company, Bill has been involved with the production and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, and scripted and non-scripted series for international platforms. Bill drew upon his personal experience to regale the audience for more than 45 minutes with stories from his lifelong career in the entertainment industry. Everyone commented about how much they enjoyed his presentation.
Bill Ireton (left) with Russell Kawahara
After the formal presentation, over 50 USJC members and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and the opportunity to network with each other at a reception party. Bill’s wife, Charo, and the talented Ireton family came out in full force to support the event and contribute to the warm and lively atmosphere of the reception party. Bill’s daughter, Roberta, a comedian, joined the event from Osaka. Bill’s son, Will Ireton (who works in Los Angeles as an interpreter for L.A. Dodger, Kenta Maeda) came to Tokyo and prepared a slide show of photos of Bill with various Hollywood celebrities that was shown during the reception. Bill’s son, Matt Ireton (a disc jockey in Tokyo), put together lively background music to accompany the slide show and entertain the guests.
USJC(J) Board Member Stan Koyanagi (center) and Irene Hirano Inouye converse with guests
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