Mr. Iijima speaking at the 2014 USJC Annual Conference
We are happy to welcome Mr. Masami Iijima, Chairman and Director of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., as a Member of the Board of Councilors. Mr. Iijima joined Mitsui in 1974, and after several leadership roles in Japan and abroad, became President & CEO in April 2009. In October 2014, he was a Keynote Speaker at the 2014 USJC Annual Conference (watch his speech here). He became Chairman and Director on April 1, 2015. We are grateful for Mr. Iijima's support and look forward to working with him in the years to come.
The wonderful news continues! On January 13, USJC Council Member Emily Murase was elected to serve as President of the San Francisco School Board. She became the first President of Japanese ancestry in the San Francisco School Board's 160+ year history.
Read more in this press release from the San Francisco School Board.
Great news to start a good year: USJC member Paul Yonamine is named President of IBM Japan (Read here)!
For a more detailed profile on Paul and his career so far, check out this Nikkei Shimbun article in Japanese.
(L to R) Judge Ichiko Suzuki, Judge Takehiro Yasunaga, Judge Patrick Oishi, Judge Kunitaka Iwasaki and Masahiro Hosono in Judge Oishi's courtroom
During December 2014, U.S.-Japan Council Member Judge Patrick Oishi of Seattle had the pleasure and distinction of meeting with judges and a public prosecutor from Japan, who were doing research and study of criminal law and jury trials in the United States. Earlier in 2014, Judge Oishi met with a different group of judges from Japan, who were also studying criminal law issues.
Judge Oishi, who currently serves as the Assistant Chief Criminal Judge of King County Superior Court, held two meetings with Kunitaka Iwasaki, Judge of Osaka District Court, Takehiro Yasunaga, Judge of Kagoshima District Court, Ichiko Suzuki, Judge of Sendai District Court, and Masahiro Hosono, Yokohama District Public Prosecutor’s Office. The meetings focused on a comparison of the U.S. jury trial system and the Saiban-in (Lay Judges) system in Japan, as well as criminal procedure and evidence issues in the two countries. Judge Oishi and his colleagues from Japan engaged in a very educational and enlightening discussion and comparison of the two criminal justice systems.
After the final meeting, Judge Oishi hosted the Japanese Judges and public prosecutor to a dinner on the Seattle waterfront. Fellow U.S.-Japan Council Member and attorney Lynn Hashimoto joined the group for dinner. Everyone enjoyed a very nice evening of delicious food, good conversation and camaraderie.
(L to R) Judge Ichiko Suzuki, Lynn Hashimoto, Masahiro Hosono, Judge Patrick Oishi, Judge Kunitaka Iwasaki and Judge Takehiro Yasunaga on the Seattle waterfront.
Council Members Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi were featured in Japan Times! Their documentary, Stories From Tohoku, reflects on how Japanese Americans saw and responded to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
On July 26th, USJC Board Member James Higa was featured in the Asahi Shimbun in an opinion piece titled "James Higa: Where Are the New Nomos in the Japanese Business World?" Mr. Higa stressed the economical and intellectual importances of Silicon Valley to America and Japan. James Higa has worked closely on the U.S.-Japan Council's Silicon Valley-Japan Platform, creating a "key to the future of the Japanese economy," for not only tech professionals but for every discipline or industry. The US-Japan Council’s Silicon Valley-Japan Platform is a new initiative aimed at tapping into Japanese innovation by strengthening ties between small- and medium-sized firms and the global-leading resources of Silicon Valley.
This Asahi Shimbun article is about the 2016 USJC Annual Conference. To continue reading the article, please click here.
Great news for the new year: Council Member Roy Amemiya has been appointed to be Managing Director of the City and County of Honolulu! Roy has worked for the city before and returns with his experience as CEO and President of ‘Ôlelo Community Television.
For more information and the official press release, please read here.
Donna Cole, an advisory board member at the University of St. Thomas, helped guide the festival in celebration of St. Thomas' new course offerings on U.S.-Japan relations. She was assisted by several USJC Members and alumni of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program.
Judge Serita, a 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation participant and member of the Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens, New York, is highlighted for the Court's unique approach to solving human trafficking problems.