Laura Winthrop Abbot featured in the Other Side of Service
Former USJC Senior Vice President Laura Winthrop Abbot was featured in a series of videos by The Other Side of Service, a nonprofit for military spouses. Just six weeks after she relocated to Japan with her military spouse, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. Click here or on the photo above to hear Laura talk about her involvement with recovery efforts in the Tohoku region and the TOMODACHI Initiative.
Irene Hirano Inouye Receives "Eagle on the World" Award from JCCI
Ms. Hirano Inouye receiving the award from Mr. Jim Rosenthal, Co-Chairman of the Annual Dinner (as well as Chief Operating Officer, Morgan Stanley) (Photos courtesy of JCCI NY)
On November 10, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye received the "Eagle on the World" award from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI NY). This prestigious award is given every year at the JCCI Annual Dinner to "individuals who have dedicated their lives to fostering and improving relations between the United States, Japan and the world." This year, musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto received the award along with Ms. Hirano Inouye. Past recipients have included Ambassador John V. Roos, Secretary Norman Mineta (who is also Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors) and the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
At the dinner, Ms. Hirano Inouye was introduced with a video that was created by Council Leader Stann Nakazono. Upon receiving the award, Ms. Hirano Inouye addressed the audience of more than 1,000 and thanked the Japanese business leaders for their strong support of USJC, TOMODACHI and the Japanese American community. She also spoke about the importance of people-to-people connections, fostering the next generation of leaders, and celebrating the diversity of leaders who are committed to the U.S.-Japan relationship.
(L-R) Mr. Yasushi Takahashi, President of JCCI NY (as well as President & CEO, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.); Mr. Rosenthal; Mr. Sakamoto; Ms. Hirano Inouye; Mr. Raymond L. Conner, Keynote Speaker of the Annual Dinner (as well as Vice Chairman, The Boeing Company and President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes); Mr. Tsutomu Yoshida, Chairman of the Annual Dinner (as well as President & CEO, IHI, Inc.)
Council Leader Susan Onuma was featured on Fujisankei Communications International as part of a series titled "Breaking Out: Pioneering Women." This series focuses on Japanese and Japanese American women who are leaders in the United States. Ms. Onuma's video discusses her career as an attorney, her upbringing in New York, and how she came to work in U.S.-Japan relations. She is now involved with seven organizations, including USJC, and is committed to giving back to the community.
Click here on the image below to see the video! (The screenshot below comes from the RWL event in New York referred in "Recent Events" above, and includes Ms. Utada (left) and Ms. Basalla (right).)
Council Leader Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, recently spoke with President Obama about artificial intelligence (AI)! Their discussion at the White House was part of a big feature in Wired, and was reported by the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Scott Dadich. The conversation touches upon the future of technology, the role of government in encouraging research while also considering ethical issues, Star Trek and more. Click here or on the image below to read the article.
The University of Southern California (USC) Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy (CPPP) has just launched a fund in honor of USJC President and USC alumna Irene Hirano Inouye! CPPP's press release states that the fund, which supports research and programs to explore foundation leadership, "was inspired by her exemplary leadership and success in building effective foundation boards." Click here or on the image below to read the press release.
Actor George Takei, Member of the USJC Board of Councilors, has donated some of his personal belongings to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Included in the largest donation ever made to JANM by a single person are items from his family while they were interned in WWII, Star Trek scripts and memorabilia and the Olympic torch he carried. Click here or on the image below to read more.
USJC Associate Yuta Hasumi was recently featured in Nikkei Shimbun. The article discusses what inspired Mr. Hasumi, currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion of AIG, to pursue diversity management as a career, as well as his work thus far. Because the involvement of male supervisors is essential in the growth of female employees, he is working to change the mindset that women's empowerment and inclusion in the workplace is an issue to be tackled only by women. Click here to read the article (in Japanese only).
Friend of the Council Yumi Yamaguchi was recently featured in Nikkei Style, a website affiliated with Nikkei Shimbun. In this article, she talks about her career, meeting USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and becoming involved with the Council and the TOMODACHI Initiative. She is one of the few top women leaders in the Japanese government (she built her career at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and until recently was Vice Commissioner at the Japan Tourism Agency), and became President & CEO of the Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute earlier this year. Click here to read the article (in Japanese only).
TOMODACHI-Uniqlo Fellow and USJC Associate Kopi Akasaka was featured in Vogue! Mr. Akasaka is a designer in the 2016 Parsons School of Design MFA class and is now working on his own clothing line, KOZABURO. On September 7, his collection was featured in a runway show. Read more here.
One of KOZABURO's designs
Member of the USJC Board of Councilors Hiroko Kuniya has been involved in “The Art of Gaman” exhibit, which features artwork created by Japanese Americans during World War II. Included in this exhibit is a piece depicting an internment camp, painted by the late Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, the protagonist of the documentary “The Cats of Mirikitani.” Mr. Mirikitani, who was born in the United States and raised in Hiroshima, lost family members in the Hiroshima bombing while he was interned at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center. The film follows an elderly Mirikitani as he continues to paint in the streets of New York, sharing his anti-war message. The film will be screened in Tokyo from August 27 through September 15 at Eurolive. Ms. Kuniya's article about Mr. Mirikitani and this documentary was featured in Nikkei Shimbun on August 17.