On August 11, USJC partnered with the Japan America Society of Southern California and the Japan Business Association of Southern California to host “Prime Minister Abe’s Economic ‘Third Arrow’: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance,” a panel discussion between Japanese and American legislators at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, CA. The event featured four members of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party: Mr. Taro Kono, Ms. Karen Makishima, Mr. Jun Matsumoto and Mr. Keisuke Suzuki, as well as U.S. House of Representatives Members including Mr. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Mr. Mark Allan Takano (D-CA).
In addition to this event, USJC Members in Los Angeles and San Francisco had a chance to repay Mr. Kono’s years of hospitality towards the Council and the Japanese American Leadership Delegation by arranging a series of meetings with local political, business and community leaders, as well as reconnecting with various USJC Members in both areas. Special thanks to USJC Board of Directors Vice Chair Henry Ota for making the Los Angeles visit a success, and helping expand USJC’s legislative engagement to regional programming.
In Northern California, the focus shifted to themes of innovation and entrepreneurialism. Council Members James Higa, Takeo Hoshi, Kenji Kushida, Genevieve Shiroma and Tatsunori Suzuki were joined by Mr. James Kondo of Twitter in making presentations to Diet Members Kono, Makishima and Matsumoto. Finally, in recognition of Mr. Kono’s dedication to the Japanese American Leadership Delegation, 14 JALD alumni from across the region attended dinner with the politicians.