To commemorate the one year anniversary of the Kumamoto earthquakes, the Asahi Shimbun Company held an event titled "Kyushu and Kumamoto - Earthquake Recovery Support Project - Forum & Fair." TOMODACHI Alumni Manager (as well as USJC Associate and ELP '10) Kaoru Utada Furuya spoke on a panel titled "Tips for Local Governments and Aid Workers to Collaborate." She talked about the history of the TOMODACHI Initiative and its innovative programs, as well as TOMODACHI alumni activities in Kumamoto to help the disaster-affected areas recover from the aftermath of the earthquakes.
USJC Associate Kenshiro Uki (ELP '14) spoke to Top Chef's Sheldon Simeon in a video featured on Eater! They talk about the difference between ramen and saimin, Sun Noodle's impact on food culture in Hawaii and across the United States, and the early beginnings of the Uki family's noodle operation. Click here or on the image below to see the segment.
Congratulations to Council Leader Janet Ikeda for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS)! JNCL-NCLIS is an organization committed to shaping policy that advocates for learning foreign languages and advancing international education.
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USJC Associate and ELP '14 Kenshiro Uki (Vice President of Operations, Sun Noodle) was interviewed by NHK about the recent popularity of ramen in the United States. He talks about creating craft noodles to complement each restaurant's ramen, the joys and challenges of producing new and original noodle recipes and expanding the family business.
The segment is in Japanese and interviews with Kenshiro are in English. Click here or on the image below to see more.
USJC Associate and ELP '16 Sakura Yagi spoke to The Gohan Society about her work with her family's business, T.I.C. Group. Sakura talked about bringing her public relations experience to the family business, how T.I.C.'s many restaurants serve as culinary ambassadors to New York City communities by providing authentic Japanese flavors, and what it means to work with family as a second generation leader in the food industry. Click here to read more.
Council Leader Emily Murase co-authored a resolution to remove a policy requiring Asian American students to enroll in "Oriental School" in San Francisco's Chinatown. The San Francisco school board passed the resolution with a unanimous vote and plans to create a mural portraying Asian American history in the district. Dr. Murase is the first Japanese American to serve on the board! Click here or on the image below to read more.
Chair of the USJC (J) Board of Councilors Kathy Matsui was recently featured in Asahi Shimbun. Appearing in a weekly series called "Front Runner," which features leaders from various sectors, the article discusses her upbringing in California, her career and her work in Womenomics. Click here to read the article (registration is required and the article is in Japanese only).
Keiko Orrall, part of the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation and Massachusetts State Representative and Council Leader, visited the USJC DC office on January 18 while she was in town for the inauguration.
Rep. Orrall is a newly elected member of the Republican National Committee and chair of Massachusetts. She is also part of the Trump Asian American Advisory Committee, and may be the only Japanese American member. While at the USJC office, she met Minister Kenichi Kobayashi, Minister of Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, and said that she wants to help support U.S.-Japan relations. (She was connected to Minister Kobayashi through Boston Consul General Rokuichiro Michii.)
JALD was Rep. Orrall's first trip to Japan. She has been active in the USJC community since then, supporting TOMODACHI and Regional Women in Leadership events in Boston.
Congratulations to Member of the USJC Board of Directors Leona Hiraoka, who just became the new president and CEO of KEIRO, a Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of senior life in the community. Click here to read the KEIRO press release, and here to read a Rafu Shimpo article about her appointment. (KEIRO also welcomed USJC Board Member Dennis Sugino to their Board of Directors.)
Ms. Hiraoka is also the CEO and founding partner for Integrated Media, a marketing and communications firm, and is Vice President, Communications, for Points of Light in Washington, DC, an international nonprofit dedicated to advancing volunteer service and corporate social responsibility. She took part in the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. She has been very active in the USJC community, joining the Board of Directors, providing guidance to USJC's communications efforts, and through Integrated Media, supporting the creation and design of the USJC introductory video and the past few Annual Reports.
USJC Associate and Emerging Leaders Program alumna (2014) Mio Yamamoto was featured in Japan Today for her leadership in social entrepreneurship in Japan. Ms. Yamamoto, along with two co-founders, started the NPO World In Tohoku (WIT) following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Click here or on the image below to learn more about her and WIT!