Joi Ito Discusses AI with President Obama

Council Leader Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, recently spoke with President Obama about artificial intelligence (AI)! Their discussion at the White House was part of a big feature in Wired, and was reported by the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Scott Dadich. The conversation touches upon the future of technology, the role of government in encouraging research while also considering ethical issues, Star Trek and more. Click here or on the image below to read the article.


USC Launches Irene Hirano Inouye Philanthropic Leadership Fund

The University of Southern California (USC) Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy (CPPP) has just launched a fund in honor of USJC President and USC alumna Irene Hirano Inouye! CPPP's press release states that the fund, which supports research and programs to explore foundation leadership, "was inspired by her exemplary leadership and success in building effective foundation boards." Click here or on the image below to read the press release.


George Takei Gives Private Collection to JANM

Actor George Takei, Member of the USJC Board of Councilors, has donated some of his personal belongings to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Included in the largest donation ever made to JANM by a single person are items from his family while they were interned in WWII, Star Trek scripts and memorabilia and the Olympic torch he carried. Click here or on the image below to read more.


Yuta Hasumi Featured in Nikkei Shimbun

USJC Associate Yuta Hasumi was recently featured in Nikkei Shimbun. The article discusses what inspired Mr. Hasumi, currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion of AIG, to pursue diversity management as a career, as well as his work thus far. Because the involvement of male supervisors is essential in the growth of female employees, he is working to change the mindset that women's empowerment and inclusion in the workplace is an issue to be tackled only by women. Click here to read the article (in Japanese only).


Yumi Yamaguchi Featured in Nikkei Style

Friend of the Council Yumi Yamaguchi was recently featured in Nikkei Style, a website affiliated with Nikkei Shimbun. In this article, she talks about her career, meeting USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and becoming involved with the Council and the TOMODACHI Initiative. She is one of the few top women leaders in the Japanese government (she built her career at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and until recently was Vice Commissioner at the Japan Tourism Agency), and became President & CEO of the Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute earlier this year. Click here to read the article (in Japanese only).


Kopi Akasaka's Designs in Vogue

TOMODACHI-Uniqlo Fellow and USJC Associate Kopi Akasaka was featured in Vogue! Mr. Akasaka is a designer in the 2016 Parsons School of Design MFA class and is now working on his own clothing line, KOZABURO. On September 7, his collection was featured in a runway show. Read more here

One of KOZABURO's designs


Film Supported by Hiroko Kuniya Shown in Tokyo

Member of the USJC Board of Councilors Hiroko Kuniya has been involved in “The Art of Gaman” exhibit, which features artwork created by Japanese Americans during World War II. Included in this exhibit is a piece depicting an internment camp, painted by the late Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, the protagonist of the documentary “The Cats of Mirikitani.” Mr. Mirikitani, who was born in the United States and raised in Hiroshima, lost family members in the Hiroshima bombing while he was interned at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center. The film follows an elderly Mirikitani as he continues to paint in the streets of New York, sharing his anti-war message. The film will be screened in Tokyo from August 27 through September 15 at Eurolive. Ms. Kuniya's article about Mr. Mirikitani and this documentary was featured in Nikkei Shimbun on August 17.


Mark Mitsui Selected President of Portland Community College

Council Leader Mark Mitsui, who currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges for the U.S. Department of Education, has been selected as the next president of Portland Community College (PCC) in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Mitsui has previously served as president of Washington state’s North Seattle College and was senior administrator and teacher at educational institutions across the Northwest. For more information and a Q&A with Mr. Mitsui, please see this announcement by PCC.


Carole Hayashino and Delphine Hirasuna Honored by JACL

Council Leaders Carole Hayashino and Delphine Hirasuna have received the 2016 Japanese American of the Biennium Award, the highest public service award given by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Ms. Hayashino was involved in the national legislative effort for redress and reparations for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. As President and Executive Director of the Japanese Culture Center of Hawaii, she worked to establish the Honouliuli Japanese American internment camp as a national monument—which came to fruition in February 2015. 

Ms. Hirasuna, author of The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese Internment Camps, 1942-1946 and guest curator of the Art of Gaman exhibit, has allowed more than 120 artifacts from Japanese American concentration camps to receive mainstream recognition and has educated the public about the Japanese American internment experience. 

Click on this link to learn more. 


Jose Fuentes Honored by Government of Japan

On July 26, Council Leader Jose Keichi Fuentes received the 2016 Foreign Minister's Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Consul General Ken Okaniwa of Miami presented the award to Mr. Fuentes for facilitating mutual understanding between Japan and the United States, especially by developing the sister cities relationship between Miami and Kagoshima. Mr. Fuentes has served as Chairman of the Miami Kagoshima Sister Cities Committee since 2002, and recently led his third delegation of Miami high school students, accompanied by Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado, to Kagoshima. For more information, see this article by the Miami Herald. 


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