Congratulations to Associate (and ELP '15) Lianna Kushi, for being named one of three "Women of the Year" by Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell! The organization, which is celebrating its 100 years of service to girls, is honoring local women past, present and future who make a difference in the community. Lianna is named as "a woman whose enthusiasm and accomplishment will light the way for the women of tomorrow," with a focus on her commitment to entrepreneurship and community development, especially as the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship for All in Massachusetts cities Lowell and Lawrence. Click here for more information.
Congratulations to Associate Mike Bosack for receiving the Japanese American Veterans Association's 2018 Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship! This memorial scholarship "honor[s] the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service." Mike is an Air Force veteran pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations at the International University of Japan in Niigata Prefecture. He is also a 2015 Emerging Leaders Program alumni and the son of Council Leader Mike Bosack. For more information about the scholarship, click here.
Part two of Council Leader Bruce Hollywood's (JALD '16) story was featured in The Washington Post. The article talks about Mr. Hollywood reuniting with his Japanese birth mother, learning more about his American family and finding his Japanese American identity in the process. Click here or on the image above to read the article. Read part one of his story here.
This series was written by Japanese American journalist Kathryn Tolbert, who spoke to students about her work documenting war brides as part of the 2016-17 TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program's trip to Washington, DC.
Council Leader Bruce Hollywood (JALD '16) was featured in The Washington Post. In the article, he shares the story of how a chance meeting with Admiral Harry Harris (who was a keynote speaker at the 2014 USJC Annual Conference) led to him reuniting with his birth mother and finding his Japanese American identity. Mr. Hollywood also shared this touching story during Members Day at the 2017 USJC Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Click here or on the image above to read the article.
On May 3, the late Paul Terasaki (Member of the USJC Board of Councilors) was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for his invention of Tissue Typing for Organ Transplants, the “Terasaki Tray.” Dr. Terasaki, Chairman of the Terasaki Foundation, was one of USJC’s co-founders and earliest benefactors, and continued to give the Council generous support over the years. In 2014, USJC presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to U.S.-Japan relations. For more information on Dr. Terasaki's induction, please click here.
Congratulations to Associate Mai Taira, Management Analyst at the 18th Mission Support Group (MSG) of the U.S. Air Force, for being named "Category II Civilian of the Quarter"! She received this award for the first quarter of 2018 in recognition of her work with the 18MSG, the Okinawa and Kadena communities, and TOMODACHI and USJC. Since participating in the 2014 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, she has been active in the TOMODACHI community, serving as Regional Mentor for Okinawa-based TOMODACHI alumni. With her background in human resources, she also advises and inspires young students in Okinawa to improve their English skills, study abroad and become involved in U.S.-Japan relations.
Council Leader Mari Kuraishi (Co-Founder and President of GlobalGiving) was featured in Forbes. Ms. Kuraishi talks about why she's ready to hand over the reins to the next leaders of the crowdfunding platform, what she's learned from leading the organization over the years, and what she's looking forward to in her next chapter. Click here or on the image above to read more.
Congratulations to USJC Associate Kevin Otsuka (ELP '17) on being selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia - Social Entrepreneurs! Kevin founded ABC Coffee Club, a startup social enterprise in Tokyo operating its own cafe and mail subscription service. The subscription partners with the Japan Social Employment Council to support individuals with intellectual disabilities. The cafe also serves as an innovation and creator hub for local makers and artists, and holds events and a free monthly gallery to showcase their work. Click here or on the image above to read more.
USJC Associate Robin Lewis was featured on CNN for a special segment commemorating seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. He spoke about his work with Explore Tohoku and his journey on foot along Japan’s tsunami-affected coastline documenting the recovery of the area. Click here or on the image above to watch the segment.
Congratulations to USJC Associate Colby Takeda (ELP '16) for being awarded Willamette University's Young Alumni Leadership Award! Colby was recognized for being one of the nation's youngest administrators of an assisted living community for seniors, and his work connecting the youngest and oldest populations for stronger intergenerational relationships. Click here or on the image above to read more about Colby's accomplishments.