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


WASHINGTON, DC – Ten Japanese American leaders will travel to Japan from March 5 to 12 on the 2016 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program, a week-long trip dedicated to building people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders. In its 16th 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 Kobe, Hyogo 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 2016 delegates are:

  • Bruce Harrell (Seattle, WA), City Council President, City of Seattle
  • Eric Shintaro Hiraga (Denver, CO), Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, Denver International Airport
  • Bruce E. Hollywood (Washington, DC), Fellow, White House Leadership Development Program
  • Stan Masamitsu (Honolulu, HI), President, Tony Hawaii Automotive Group
  • Kiyo Matsumoto (Brooklyn, NY), United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Monte Del Mar (Noda) Mesa (Tamuning, Guam), General Manager, Guam Premier Outlets
  • Eric Nakajima (Amherst, MA), Director, Massachusetts Broadband Institute
  • Darren T. Nakata (Portland, OR), Attorney-at-Law, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Mark Yokoyama (Alhambra, CA), Chief of Police, Alhambra Police Department
  • Tasha A. Yorozu (San Francisco, CA), Managing Attorney, Yorozu Law Group

** 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