U.S.-Japan Council Newsletter
March 14th, 2019
1. Discussing AI and MedTech in Houston, Miami and Atlanta
Speakers pose for a photo at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL
Last month, USJC partnered with the American Jewish Committee Asia Pacific Institute (API) and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) for a speaking tour on collaboration and innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and MedTech among the United States, Japan and Israel. Three dialogues held in Houston, Miami and Atlanta from February 25 to February 28 featured industry and academic experts from each country who discussed their views on how partnerships can pave the way for innovation and impact millions of lives. Conversations touched on AI’s application in the prevention of healthcare accidents, machine learning in hospitals, and the ethics of big data.
USJC Board Member Todd Guild provides remarks in Atlanta, GA
Each event was made possible with local support from organizations that include AJC regional offices, the Asia Society Texas Center, Cole Chemical, Conexx: America Israel Business Connector, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, and the Israeli and Japanese Consulates. This tour marked the third in a continuing series with both partnering organizations and, at its conclusion, the ninth event over the past five years.
(L-R) USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, Board Member Donna Fujimoto Cole, and Texas member Glen Gondo pose with PARO, a therapeutic robot, in Houston, TX
While in Houston, USJC also organized a luncheon that included local dignitaries, members and supporters. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and Board Member Donna Fujimoto Cole presented on USJC’s continual work in strengthening regional relations, as well as future plans for Texas following the 2018 Japan-Texas Economic Summit.
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2. Recent Events
2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation Returns
Delegates and panel speakers (L-R) Britt Yamamoto (also a Council Leader), Kelly Yamasaki and Mariko Silver pose for a selfie at the JALD Symposium in Kumamoto
The 10 delegates of the 2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Program are now back home after a whirlwind trip to Tokyo and Kumamoto. Thank you to everyone who met with the delegates or supported the program. A full summary and more photos will be available soon!
3. TOMODACHI News
Applications Open for the 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program
Entering its seventh year, this exchange program provides participants with unique access to leaders in the U.S.-Japan arena, and the opportunity to broaden their perspectives to enhance work or initiatives in their professional fields. Ten American and ten Japanese young professionals will travel to one another’s countries for one week to engage as a group and meet with established and up-and-coming leaders from business and government.
The deadline to apply is April 4, 2019 for American applicants and April 18, 2019 for Japanese applicants. For more information and to apply click here.
4. TOMODACHI ELP News
The following video is part of a year-long series by participants of the 2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).
Reflection from Claire Fukuoka (ELP '18)
Click here or on the image above to hear about what Claire learned from the Emerging Leaders Program, the themes she works to embody in her professional and personal life, and her love of collaboration and building relationships. And don't miss the blooper at the end!
5. Upcoming Events
An American Dream
When: March 15, 2019 at 7pm - 10pm
Where: Harris Theater (Chicago, IL)
Set during World War II, this opera explores the lives of two women: a Japanese American forced to leave her home, and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind. In its Seattle Opera world premiere, it was called “a heart-wrenching opera… eloquent and moving” by The Seattle Times. Join us for the Lyric premiere of a contemporary American chamber opera. Performances at 7pm on Friday, March 15 and Sunday, March 17.
For more information, click here.
The Future of the U.S.-Japan Friendship: How International Exchange and Tourism are Changing Perspectives
When: March 21, 2019 at 3:00pm-5:45pm
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (Washington, DC)
Join the Japan International Transport Institute (JTTRI・JITI) and the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) to hear from experts in international exchange and tourism between the U.S. and Japan. They will speak on the current situation and issues in their field, the many aspects of their efforts, and the measures which need to be taken to deepen international exchange, including tourism between the U.S. and Japan. Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors Secretary Norman Mineta is a keynote speaker and USJC Executive Vice President & COO Laura Winthrop Abbot is a panelist.
Click here for more information and to register.
Intern (Washington, DC)
The intern will provide support for Programs and Communications on a part-time or full-time basis. Duties will consist of program and event coordination and support, website/social media support, organization of and attendance at special events, outreach and communication, writing and translation (if able). This is an excellent internship for those hoping to gain experience in the programmatic, digital and strategic marketing and/or nonprofit fields. USJC's internship program offers outstanding opportunities for college students, graduate students and graduates who are interested in U.S.-Japan relations.
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Intern (Tokyo, Japan)
The TOMODACHI Initiative is seeking qualified interns on a part-time or full-time basis. This internship program offers outstanding opportunities for college students, graduate students and graduates who are interested in U.S.-Japan relations. Duties generally consist of program and event coordination and support, website/social media support, organization and attendance at special events, student outreach and communication, writing and translation (as able). Duties may be tailored to the intern’s interests. Interns will work with individuals from the U.S.-Japan Council, the U.S. Embassy and other key TOMODACHI team members.
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