Board of Councilors Members Masaaki Tanaka and George Takei at the reception.
On May 24th, U.S.-Japan Council Members and friends gathering for a networking reception at the Sony Club in New York City, hosted by USJC Board of Councilors Member Masaaki Tanaka of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. More than 120 attendees were privy to a preview of a musical that marks a watershed moment in American theatre history. For the first time, the story of the Japanese American internment will be told on Broadway, starring Japanese American actor George Takei. Mr. Takei, who also serves on the Board of Councilors, was the special guest speaker and introduced the musical, Allegiance. Allegiance is the story of a family thrust into uncertainty as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An epic story of love, war and heroism set against the backdrop of the Japanese American internment during WWII, Allegiance follows a family as they are relocated from their home in California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming.
Photos from the event are available by clicking here.