Japanese American Leaders to Visit Tokyo and Hiroshima to Meet with Top Japanese Officials

WASHINGTON, DC – Ten Japanese American leaders will travel to Japan from March 6 to 14 on the 2015 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program, a week-long trip dedicated to building people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders. In its 15th year, JALD provides opportunities for Japanese Americans to establish a meaningful role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations across all sectors of society.

The delegates will visit Hiroshima prefecture, where they will 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.

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. The 2015 delegates are:

  • Ms. Lynn Hashimoto (Seattle, WA), Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation
  • Ms. Yoshie Ito (New York, NY), Assistant Director, Global Initiatives, Asia Society
  • Mr. Toshiki Masaki (Detroit, MI), Manager, Government Affairs, Ford Motor Company
  • Dr. Richard I. Morimoto (Chicago, IL), Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology, Northwestern University
  • Ms. Priscilla Ouchida (San Francisco, CA), Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League
  • Ms. Linda Taira (Los Angeles, CA), Senior Manager, Communications, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Ms. Sach Takayasu (Washington. DC), President & CEO, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship
  • Mr. Tyler Tokioka (Honolulu, HI), Vice President, External Affairs & Agency Relations, Island Insurance Companies
  • Dr. Tracy Tsuetaki (Chapel Hill, NC), Operating Partner, Symphony Technology Group
  • Dr. Robin Yasui (Denver, CO), Director of Geriatrics, Denver Health


** The delegates are available to comment before, during and after their trip to Japan. Contact USJC Communications Manager Shiori Okazaki at sokazaki@usjapancouncil.org or 202-223-6843 to arrange interviews. For more information and biographies of all ten delegates visit: http://www.usjapancouncil.org/jald