Don't forget to tune in to your local PBS station to watch Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story on Monday, May 20 at 9pm Eastern time! This film about the life and career of Secretary Mineta (Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors) is co-produced by Council Leaders Dianne Fukami (who also directed the film) and Debra Nakatomi. Its Japan premiere last November was part of the 2018 USJC Annual Conference.
Congratulations to Council Leader (and JALD '19) Mariko Silver, who has been named the next President & CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation! Established by Henry Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the foundation conducts grantmaking and leadership programs in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art, and public policy. Dr. Silver currently serves as the President of Bennington College in Vermont, a role she has held since 2013. She will end her tenure at the college on July 1, and take office at the Luce Foundation on August 1. To learn more, please see her accomplishments at Bennington here and the announcement by Luce Foundation here.
Congratulations to Council Leader Jewelle Yamada, who was recently promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Sumitomo Corporation of America's newly established Communication and Diversity Promotion Group! Expanding upon her previous role overseeing corporate communications, she now also provides managerial guidance and support to the new Diversity and Inclusion Promotion Department, which is part of the Communication and Diversity Promotion Group.
The Japanese American Bar Association held its 43rd annual installation and awards gala on April 5 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.
The program opened with a performance by Kinnara Taiko from Senshin Buddhist Temple. ABC7 news anchor David Ono served as emcee.
Opening remarks were made by the incoming president, Mike H. Madokoro, managing partner of the Los Angeles and San Diego offices of Bowman & Brooke, and the president-elect, Catherine Endo chuck, president of McBirney & Chuck, PC...
Click here to read more on the Rafu Shimpo website.
Congratulations to Council Leader Kathy Ishizuka, who was named one of the 2019 Top Women in Media by Folio:, which supports magazine publishing professionals. Ms. Ishizuka is the Executive Editor of School Library Journal (SLJ), a publication for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens. With her work in promoting diverse representation in children’s books, she was named as a change-maker who "successfully altered the course of their brands or the industry for the better." For more information about Ms. Ishizuka, please see the SLJ article here.
USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye was recently interviewed by Yomiuri Shimbun on developments in U.S.-Japan relations in the Heisei era, as well as changes that the new Reiwa era would bring. The article, in which she discusses aspects that include the growing diversity of Japanese Americans, appeared in the print newspaper on April 6. Excerpts of the interview can be found on Yomiuri's accounts on Facebook and Twitter (in Japanese).
USJC members were involved in the Fifth World Assembly for Women (WAW!), which the Government of Japan held in Tokyo earlier this week. This WAW! was held in collaboration with Women 20 (W20), a group established to make recommendations to G20. Kathy Matsui, Chair of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors--who also coined the term "Womenomics"--moderated a panel discussion with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Ms. Yousafzai, who was one of the keynote speakers, discussed the importance of educational opportunities for women. Member of the USJC Board of Directors Atsuko Fish also spoke during WAW!, discussing her work with the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (which USJC supports) and the Champion of Change Japan Award. A summary of the outcome of the Fifth WAW! can be found here (in Japanese).
The Japanese American Bar Association’s 43rd annual Installation and Awards Gala, “Sharing Our Community,” will be held on Friday, April 5, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.
In addition to the installation of executive officers and board, Irene Hirano Inouye is the keynote speaker and recipient of JABA’s Unity Leadership Award. A widely recognized leader in the Japanese American community, she served as the president and founding chief executive officer of the Japanese American National Museum and is the founder of the U.S.-Japan Council, an organization dedicated to developing U.S.-Japan relations...
Click here to read more on the Rafu Shimpo website.
The Asahi Shimbun recently published an in-depth article on Secretary Norman Mineta (Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors), based on interviews he gave during the 2018 USJC Annual Conference, when his documentary Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story (co-produced by Council Leaders Dianne Fukami (who also directed the film) and Debra Nakatomi) premiered in Japan. The article was published in time for the Day of Remembrance, February 19, which commemorates the day that President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Click here to read the article (available to paid subscribers only).
The film is now scheduled to premiere on PBS on May 20, 2019, from 9 to 10pm Eastern Time. For more information, please click here.
Four USJC members who work for the Hawaiian Electric Company were recently honored at a dinner hosted by Consulate General Koichi Ito in Honolulu. The Consulate thanked Hawaiian Electric (whose President/CEO is Council Leader Alan Oshima) for welcoming Foreign Minister Taro Kono, a Friend of the Council, in August. Council Leader Darcy Endo-Omoto (Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Hawaiian Electric), who had met the Foreign Minister through the 2018 Japanese American Leadership Delegation program, was instrumental in organizing the visit.
Council Leaders Alan Oshima, Darcy Endo-Omoto and Brennon Morioka, as well as Associate Yoh Kawanami at the Consul General's residence. Consul General Ito, Deputy Consuls General, and other Hawaiian Electric executives join them.