USJC Board Member James Higa Featured in the Asahi Shimbun

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 importance 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.

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Mark Yokoyama Becomes Alhambra City Manager

Council Leader Mark Yokoyama has become the new city manager of Alhambra, California. Mr. Yokoyama was formerly the Alhambra Chief of Police, a position he assumed in 2011. He participated in the 2016 Japanese American Leadership Delegation program. For more information, please see his bio on the City of Alhambra website or read this Rafu Shimpo article

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Alan Nishio Receives Award from the Government of Japan

On June 6, Council Leader Alan Nishio received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan. Consul General Harry Horinouchi of Los Angeles presented the award, recognizing Mr. Nishio's contributions to "promoting the status of Japanese Americans in the United States and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States." Mr. Nishio has worked at the Little Tokyo Service Center for many decades, and is now Chair of its Board of Governors. For more information, please see the announcement by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles here.

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Royanne Doi and Tracey Doi to Discuss Diversity

On June 10, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors Royanne Doi and Board Member Tracey Doi will speak at the Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum in New York. This annual forum provides a platform for companies to explore how to develop Asian Pacific American and Asian talent. 

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George Takei Receives Japan Society Award

On June 1, Member of the USJC Board of Councilors George Takei received the Japan Society Award at their annual dinner. Council Leader Fred Katayama, who is a Japan Society board member, presented the award at this event in New York. Several other USJC members are involved in Japan Society, including President (Ex Officio) Motoatsu Sakurai, who is part of the USJC Board of Councilors.

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Kenshiro Uki Featured in Documentary

USJC Associate (and alumnus of the 2014 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program) Kenshiro Uki was recently featured in CHEF LAB, a food documentary, for his work revolutionizing ramen. The digital documentary features his Ramen Lab, an incubator that invites chefs to create unique dishes using Sun Noodle noodles, and his views on why ramen is such an interesting and versatile cuisine. You can view the clip here.

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Dennis Ogawa Receives Award from the Government of Japan

On May 23, Council Leader Dennis Ogawa, Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Government of Japan. Consul General Yasushi Misawa presented the award, recognizing Dr. Ogawa's "contribution to the development of Japanese studies in the United States of America and promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the United States." For more information, see the press release or video, both by the University of Hawaii.

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Kathy Matsui featured in Japan Society Panel

Council Leader Kathy Matsui was part of a Japan Society event held in New York on May 10, titled "Womenomics-in-Action: Approaches by the Japanese, American & European Governments." The panel studied how Japanese corporations will implement measures to increase the number of female managers, examined the American government's efforts to promote women's empowerment, and assessed whether Japan and the U.S. might adopt policies such as a quota system, which has met with success in Scandinavian countries.

For more information, please see the Japan Society website here.

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Kaz Maniwa represents Japantown at Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards Ceremony

On May 2, USJC Senior Vice President and Council Leader Kaz Maniwa represented Japantown at the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. The event celebrated the 110th anniversary of Japantown (the San Francisco one is the oldest in the country). Current Mayor Edwin Lee, Former Mayor Willie Brown and Consul General of Japan Jun Yamada attended, along with about 300 guests. Clickhere to see the video of Japantown's history and Mr. Maniwa's speech (the Japantown segment begins at about 48 minutes in).

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Bob Kumaki Invited to Japan to Support Outreach Efforts

In March 2016, Council Leader Bob Kumaki participated in the MOFA Domestic & Foreign Multilayer Network of Influential Figures. He was one of two Americans invited by the Government of Japan. The focus of the trip was to provide influential figures abroad with accurate information on Japan’s policies and values to expand the outreach of Japan’s policy advocacy, and work as a communications hub for exchanging ideas and disseminating accurate information to the world. Leaders Mr. Kumaki met with included Mr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet; Ms. Miki Ebara, Editor in Chief, NHK World; and Mr. Kenko Sone, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs.

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