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!
Congratulations to Member of the USJC Board of Councilors John Onoda (Senior Consultant, FleishmanHillard International Communications) for being inducted into PRWeek's Hall of Fame! The Hall of Fame recognizes "those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the communications industry." Mr. Onoda was one of six leaders chosen this year. See PRWeek's video about his work and accomplishments here or by clicking on the screenshot below (Mr. Onoda is the fifth individual from the top).
Laura Winthrop Abbot featured in the Other Side of Service
Former USJC Senior Vice President Laura Winthrop Abbot was featured in a series of videos by The Other Side of Service, a nonprofit for military spouses. Just six weeks after she relocated to Japan with her military spouse, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. Click here or on the photo above to hear Laura talk about her involvement with recovery efforts in the Tohoku region and the TOMODACHI Initiative.
Irene Hirano Inouye Receives "Eagle on the World" Award from JCCI
Ms. Hirano Inouye receiving the award from Mr. Jim Rosenthal, Co-Chairman of the Annual Dinner (as well as Chief Operating Officer, Morgan Stanley) (Photos courtesy of JCCI NY)
On November 10, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye received the "Eagle on the World" award from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI NY). This prestigious award is given every year at the JCCI Annual Dinner to "individuals who have dedicated their lives to fostering and improving relations between the United States, Japan and the world." This year, musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto received the award along with Ms. Hirano Inouye. Past recipients have included Ambassador John V. Roos, Secretary Norman Mineta (who is also Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors) and the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
At the dinner, Ms. Hirano Inouye was introduced with a video that was created by Council Leader Stann Nakazono. Upon receiving the award, Ms. Hirano Inouye addressed the audience of more than 1,000 and thanked the Japanese business leaders for their strong support of USJC, TOMODACHI and the Japanese American community. She also spoke about the importance of people-to-people connections, fostering the next generation of leaders, and celebrating the diversity of leaders who are committed to the U.S.-Japan relationship.
(L-R) Mr. Yasushi Takahashi, President of JCCI NY (as well as President & CEO, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.); Mr. Rosenthal; Mr. Sakamoto; Ms. Hirano Inouye; Mr. Raymond L. Conner, Keynote Speaker of the Annual Dinner (as well as Vice Chairman, The Boeing Company and President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes); Mr. Tsutomu Yoshida, Chairman of the Annual Dinner (as well as President & CEO, IHI, Inc.)
Council Leader Susan Onuma was featured on Fujisankei Communications International as part of a series titled "Breaking Out: Pioneering Women." This series focuses on Japanese and Japanese American women who are leaders in the United States. Ms. Onuma's video discusses her career as an attorney, her upbringing in New York, and how she came to work in U.S.-Japan relations. She is now involved with seven organizations, including USJC, and is committed to giving back to the community.
Click here on the image below to see the video! (The screenshot below comes from the RWL event in New York referred in "Recent Events" above, and includes Ms. Utada (left) and Ms. Basalla (right).)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).