June 27th, 2013
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During USJC Japan Week 2013, The U.S.-Japan Council partnered with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) to host a Women in Business Summit. The event, held May 27, brought in a capacity crowd of over 300 to discuss the role women leaders can play in Japan and the United States. Featured speakers included USJC Council Member Debra Nakatomi, Board of Directors Members Royanne K. Doi, Moni Miyashita and Jan Yanehiro and USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye.
ACCJ has put together a short video explaining the summit and its goals, available on YouTube here.
Visit USJC's Flickr page to see photos from several of the Japan Week events, including our Japan Symposium, an opening reception honoring Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the USJC/ACCJ Women in Business Summit and our NPO Summit, "Investing in the Future of Japan through Non-profit Organizations."
This is a final reminder that the application period for this year's Emerging Leaders Program endsnext Monday, July 1. The U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program is an interactive, educational program designed to encourage the next generation of leaders to act as first movers, innovators and entrepreneurs in their professional fields.
A select group of young Japanese American professionals from across the country will attend the U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference and Annual Members Meeting. By providing access to education on cutting-edge topics and mentorship opportunities with senior leaders, the program aims to motivate young professionals to pursue activities promoting strong and positive U.S.-Japan relations.
Click here to download a flyer with additional information.
Click here to download the 2013 Emerging Leaders Program application.
On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo held a reception at the Ambassador’s residence to commemorate the selection of the first TOMODACHI-Aflac Program participant, Dr. Yosuke Hosoya. Ambassador John V. Roos hosted the event, which featured executives from Aflac. Dr. Hosoya will spend six months in training at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For more information, visit the TOMODACHI website here.
If you would like to receive more information about TOMODACHI programs, initiatives and events, be sure to subscribe to the dedicated TOMODACHI newsletter. June's update can be seen here.
Last week, Asia Society honored the 25th anniversary of what became known as the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, legislation that allowed Japanese Americans interned during World War II to gain redress from the U.S. government. The bill was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan after a long battle to move the initiative through Congress.
Speakers at the event included USJC Council Member Grant Ujifusa, the legislative strategist behind the redress movement. USJC Board Member Frederick H. Katayama moderated the panel and shared stories of his father’s personal experience in the internment camps. A short summary and video recap of the event is available via Asia Society here.
In Hawaii, a Day Inspired by Korematsu
Rafu Shimpo, June 13, 2013