USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye was recently interviewed by Yomiuri Shimbun on developments in U.S.-Japan relations in the Heisei era, as well as changes that the new Reiwa era would bring. The article, in which she discusses aspects that include the growing diversity of Japanese Americans, appeared in the print newspaper on April 6. Excerpts of the interview can be found on Yomiuri's accounts on Facebook and Twitter (in Japanese).
USJC members were involved in the Fifth World Assembly for Women (WAW!), which the Government of Japan held in Tokyo earlier this week. This WAW! was held in collaboration with Women 20 (W20), a group established to make recommendations to G20. Kathy Matsui, Chair of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors--who also coined the term "Womenomics"--moderated a panel discussion with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Ms. Yousafzai, who was one of the keynote speakers, discussed the importance of educational opportunities for women. Member of the USJC Board of Directors Atsuko Fish also spoke during WAW!, discussing her work with the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (which USJC supports) and the Champion of Change Japan Award. A summary of the outcome of the Fifth WAW! can be found here (in Japanese).
The Asahi Shimbun recently published an in-depth article on Secretary Norman Mineta (Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors), based on interviews he gave during the 2018 USJC Annual Conference, when his documentary Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story (co-produced by Council Leaders Dianne Fukami (who also directed the film) and Debra Nakatomi) premiered in Japan. The article was published in time for the Day of Remembrance, February 19, which commemorates the day that President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Click here to read the article (available to paid subscribers only).
The film is now scheduled to premiere on PBS on May 20, 2019, from 9 to 10pm Eastern Time. For more information, please click here.
Four USJC members who work for the Hawaiian Electric Company were recently honored at a dinner hosted by Consulate General Koichi Ito in Honolulu. The Consulate thanked Hawaiian Electric (whose President/CEO is Council Leader Alan Oshima) for welcoming Foreign Minister Taro Kono, a Friend of the Council, in August. Council Leader Darcy Endo-Omoto (Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Hawaiian Electric), who had met the Foreign Minister through the 2018 Japanese American Leadership Delegation program, was instrumental in organizing the visit.
Council Leaders Alan Oshima, Darcy Endo-Omoto and Brennon Morioka, as well as Associate Yoh Kawanami at the Consul General's residence. Consul General Ito, Deputy Consuls General, and other Hawaiian Electric executives join them.
Ms. Fish poses with her award
Congratulations to USJC Board Member Atsuko Fish, who received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan. Emperor Akihito presented Ms. Fish with the award in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace on November 7. Ms. Fish was recognized for her contribution to the advancement of women’s leadership in Japan through the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative. In honor of the conferment, Ms. Fish announced the establishment of the Women’s Social Change Fund to further advance women's leadership in Japan.
Council Leader Anne Morse also received a decoration as part of the 2018 Autumn Conferment. Dr. Morse was recognized for her contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through fine arts.
On November 28, Member of the USJC Board of Councilors Hiroyuki Fujita was named Honorary Consul of Japan in Cleveland. Honorary Consuls are appointed to protect the welfare of local Japanese residents and promote cultural exchanges in regions where the Government of Japan has no office established. Dr. Fujita was appointed because of his wide range of knowledge and experiences and his deep understanding of Japanese society.
Congratulations to Council Leader Mark Fukunaga, who was chosen as 2018 CEO of the Year by Hawaii Business magazine. Mr. Fukunaga is the Chairman & CEO of Servco Pacific Inc. and CEO of Servco Pacific Capital. He is recognized for excellent customer service, high employee satisfaction and constantly reinventing the company.
Sankei Shimbun recently published an interview with Norman Mineta. He discusses his experience being incarcerated and his subsequent efforts in the redress movement, as well as his thoughts on the U.S. midterm elections and the need for more bipartisanship. Click here to read the article in Japanese.
Irene Hirano Inouye was featured in The Asahi Shimbun's "Hito" column, which profiles accomplished individuals. She discusses her activities with USJC, the Japanese Amercian National Museum, and her work in U.S.-Japan relations. Click here to read the article in Japanese (free registration is required to read the article in its entirety).
Congratulations to Council Leader Denise Moriguchi (JALD '18), who is featured in this month's Seattle Business Magazine! She discusses her work as President & CEO of Uwajimaya, as well as her Japanese American upbringing, and maintaining and expanding her family business. Click here to read the article.