From January 24 to 25, the 2014 delegates of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program participated in an orientation in Los Angeles. They spent a packed two days at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, with briefings from USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and Senior Vice President (and delegate of the first JALD program in 2000) Kaz Maniwa, Consul General Jun Niimi and Consul Izuru Shimmura of Los Angeles, as well as Ms. Rei Suzuki, Deputy Director of The Japan Foundation in Los Angeles. Council Member and past delegate Ms. Debra Nakatomi discussed key messages, and past delegate Dr. Mitchell Maki gave a tour of the Japanese American National Museum. Chairman of the USJC Board Tom Iino and Vice Chair Henry Ota shared their experience as Japanese Americans, and Friends of the Council Professor Takeo Hoshi and Ms. Yuko Kaifu gave presentations on economic and social issues.
The 2014 delegation is composed of senior leaders from the new technology, clean energy, entrepreneurial and local, state or regional government sectors, including appointed and elected officials. Four of the ten delegates have not visited Japan prior to the program, and shared their excitement on traveling there for the first time, particularly with media that took part in a press briefing. The delegates also networked with past delegates at a dinner hosted by Consul General Niimi at his residence, and met Japanese and Japanese American business leaders at a dinner hosted by the Japan Business Association of Southern California.
The delegates will visit Tokyo and Fukoka from March 7 to 15. For more information, visit:http://www.usjapancouncil.org/programs/program/JALD