Atsuko Fish and Anne Morse Honored by the Government of Japan

Ms. Fish poses with her award

Congratulations to USJC Board Member Atsuko Fish, who received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan. Emperor Akihito presented Ms. Fish with the award in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace on November 7. Ms. Fish was recognized for her contribution to the advancement of women’s leadership in Japan through the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative. In honor of the conferment, Ms. Fish announced the establishment of the Women’s Social Change Fund to further advance women's leadership in Japan.

Council Leader Anne Morse also received a decoration as part of the 2018 Autumn Conferment. Dr. Morse was recognized for her contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through fine arts.


Hiroyuki Fujita Appointed Honorary Consul in Cleveland

On November 28, Member of the USJC Board of Councilors Hiroyuki Fujita was named Honorary Consul of Japan in Cleveland. Honorary Consuls are appointed to protect the welfare of local Japanese residents and promote cultural exchanges in regions where the Government of Japan has no office established. Dr. Fujita was appointed because of his wide range of knowledge and experiences and his deep understanding of Japanese society.


Mark Fukunaga Chosen as 2018 CEO of the Year

Congratulations to Council Leader Mark Fukunaga, who was chosen as 2018 CEO of the Year by Hawaii Business magazine. Mr. Fukunaga is the Chairman & CEO of Servco Pacific Inc. and CEO of Servco Pacific Capital. He is recognized for excellent customer service, high employee satisfaction and constantly reinventing the company. 


Norman Mineta in Sankei Shimbun

Sankei Shimbun recently published an interview with Norman Mineta. He discusses his experience being incarcerated and his subsequent efforts in the redress movement, as well as his thoughts on the U.S. midterm elections and the need for more bipartisanship. Click here to read the article in Japanese.


Irene Hirano Inouye in The Asahi Shimbun

Irene Hirano Inouye was featured in The Asahi Shimbun's "Hito" column, which profiles accomplished individuals. She discusses her activities with USJC, the Japanese Amercian National Museum, and her work in U.S.-Japan relations. Click here to read the article in Japanese (free registration is required to read the article in its entirety).


Denise Moriguchi Featured in Seattle Business

Congratulations to Council Leader Denise Moriguchi (JALD '18), who is featured in this month's Seattle Business Magazine! She discusses her work as President & CEO of Uwajimaya, as well as her Japanese American upbringing, and maintaining and expanding her family business. Click here to read the article.


Paul Yonamine Joins Central Pacific Financial Corporation and Central Pacific Bank

Congratulations to Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors Paul Yonamine, who on October 1 became Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Central Pacific Financial Corporation (CPF), as well as Executive Chairman of the Central Pacific Bank (CPB). He is also now the Non-Executive Chairman of GCA Corporation, Japan (he was previously the Executive Chairman). Mr. Yonamine will be discussing his strong ties to Hawaii (where CPF and CPB are based) and Japan at an upcoming event with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii.


Masa Tanaka becomes Head of Japan Investment Corporation

Congratulations to Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors Masaaki Tanaka, who is now the President and CEO of Japan Investment Corporation (JIC). JIC is supervised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and replaces the former Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. It will invest in new businesses and technologies including IoT and AI, and will also work with investors and companies to promote and encourage open innovation in Japan. Click here to learn more about JIC, which was just launched earlier this month; click here to read about the announcement of Mr. Tanaka's appointment in July.


USJC Members Featured in Forbes JAPAN's Issue on Women Leaders


USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, Chair of the USJC(Japan) Board of Councilors Kathy Matsui and Council Leader Yumi Kuwana are among the women leaders who are featured in the September issue of Forbes JAPAN. They are included in an article on how 100 women leaders make decisions in work and in their private lives. This issue, which focuses on women leaders, includes many other USJC supporters, such as past Annual Conference speakers.

Irene and Ms. Kuwana were also featured in Forbes JAPAN in 2016, in an article on "55 Global Woman Leaders of Japan."


Lianna Kushi Named Woman of the Year in Lowell

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.


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