Five USJC Members to Receive 2017 Autumn Conferments

Congratulations to the five USJC members who are scheduled to receive conferments from the Government of Japan! The Ministry of Foreign Affairs just announced their "Decorations on Foreign Nationals" for this fall, and USJC is proud to have so many members among the recipients. The five leaders are Board Member Allen Okamoto and Council Leaders Kerry Steven Hada, Colbert Matsumoto, Gary Mukai and Paul Watanabe. Details to come soon!

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Kathy Matsui Featured on CNN

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Chair of the USJC (J) Board of Councilors Kathy Matsui (Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.) was recently featured on CNN's "Leading Women in Japan!" The series profiled five women in Japan who have succeeded in male-dominated fields. Ms. Matsui, who is credited with coining the term "Womenomics," talks about the personal experiences that led her to encourage more women to join the workforce, and the work she does with the Asian University for Women to promote women's education.

Click here or on the image above to view the segment. 

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Mio Yamamoto and Lori Matsukawa Visit Tohoku

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Ms. Matsukawa (center) and other U​​.​S​.​ participants of ​the ​Cross-Border Learning Journey​, with Sugeno Mizuho at her organic farm in Fukushima​​.​ Ms. Yamamoto​ is on the ​right​.

World in Tohoku, a nonprofit organization founded by USJC Associate ​(and ELP '14) ​Mio Yamamoto, ​organized a trip to Tohoku last month. Council Leader Lori Matsukawa, News Anchor at KING TV, was one of the participants of the trip, which is called the Cross-Border Learning Journey. She created this slideshow and article on the KING5 website. More details to come soon!

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Akemi Kurokawa Receives Foreign Minister's Commendation

Congratulations to Council Leader Akemi Kurokawa, who received a Foreign Minister's Commendation from Consul General Yasushi Misawa in Honolulu! Mr. Kurokawa, Director of the Breakers Hotel, was recognized for his efforts in promoting economic relations between Japan and the United States.

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(L-R, front row) Ms. Yoko Misawa, Consul General Misawa, Mr. Kurokawa and Ms. Misako Kurokawa with (back row) Mr. Kurokawa's family (Photo courtesy of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu)

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Eric Hiraga Named Executive Director of Denver Office of Economic Development

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Congratulations to Council Leader Eric Hiraga, who was named the next Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development. Mr. Hiraga was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and will lead the city's efforts to expand international trade and attract more foreign investment. He will continue to stimulate balanced economic growth in Denver through job creation, business assistance, fair and equal housing and the development of a skilled workforce. Mr. Hiraga was previously the executive vice president and chief of staff at Denver International Airport. Click here or on the image above to read more about Mr. Hiraga's appointment. 

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Lynn Nakamoto Receives Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

On August 14, Council Leader Lynn Nakamoto (JALD '17) received the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way for success for other women lawyers. 

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(L-R) Lynn's daughter Eleanor Nakamoto-White, Lynn's wife Jocelyn White, Lynn and fellow 2017 JALD delegates Wendy Takahisa and Sawako Gardner

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Atsuko Fish Featured in The Japan Times

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Board Member Atsuko Fish was featured in the The Japan Times for her continued work to empower Japanese women to become leaders and effect social change in Japan. Ms. Fish founded the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI), which holds executive training programs in Boston for Japanese women leaders. In its tenth year, JWLI is revamping its program and putting an emphasis on participants being more action-oriented. Click here or on the image above to read about Ms. Fish's dedication to Japanese women leaders, JWLI and the group of inspiring women selected for this year's program. 

Ms. Fish also announced launched the Champion of Change Japan Award. Ms. Fish received a Champion of Change award from The White House in 2013 in recognition of her commitment to advancing women's leadership in the United States and Japan. With the vision of paying it forward to Japanese women, the Champion of Change Japan Award will give hope to unsung heroes and women grassroots leaders in Japan. An Award recipient will be selected annually out of eight finalists and given a cash prize of $10,000. Click here to learn more about the award (application guidelines are in Japanese only). 

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Jason Fujimoto Attends Army War College

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Congratulations to USJC Associate Jason Fujimoto (JALD '17; front row, second from left in photo), who became a member of the United States Army War College National Security Seminar 13. The seminar comprises Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force officers at the rank of colonel or lieutenant colonel, a senior federal civilian, and three international officers representing Israel, Croatia and Papua New Guinea. He was invited to share his perspectives, background and experiences in the capstone event in the Strategic Studies graduate program.

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Taro Kono Appointed Foreign Minister of Japan

Congratulations to Friend of the Council Taro Kono, who has been appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become the new Foreign Minister of Japan. Minister Kono is a stalwart supporter of USJC and the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD), and has met with all 17 JALD delegations since the program's inception. He has also met with most of the Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) participants. We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Kono to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. 

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Kopi Akasaka Wins 2017 LVMH Prize

Congratulations to TOMODACHI-UNIQLO Fellow Kopi Akasaka (Parsons School of Design '14~'16), who is the Special Prize Winner of this year's LVMH prize! Out of 1200 international applicants, Kopi was recognized for his work with his clothing line KOZABURO.

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Kopi (fifth from left) with Rihanna, who presented the awards

Read more about the competition here.

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