New Years’ Reception (New York, New York)

January 22, 2016 at 5pm - 7pm
The Nippon Club


Mr. Yonamine speaks about his family and IBM Japan

On January 22, USJC welcomed more than 70 members and supporters to a New Year reception at the Nippon Club in New York. Despite Winter Storm Jonas' impending arrival, there was a great turnout for this lively, successful event!

Members of the audience, including Mr. Katayama (left center), listen to the presentation

Vice-Chair Gary Moriwaki opened the program, which featured a presentation by Paul Yonamine, former Member of the Board of Directors and newly appointed Chair of the Board of Councilors. Mr. Yonamine is the Country General Manager and President of IBM Japan. He gave a well-received talk, which included his family background, including the contributions of his parents Wally and Jane Yonamine as Japanese Americans living in Japan. He encouraged young Japanese Americans to explore their family roots. Mr. Yonamine also discussed IBM Japan, and a new venture in collaboration with Japan Post and Apple to use IBM's Watson technology to better connect the elderly in Japan with their family members and healthcare providers.

During the reception, several attendees exchanged stories about the 2015 Annual Conferenceheld in Tokyo this past November, and discussed ongoing preparations for the 2016 Annual Conference in Silicon Valley.

Ms. Miyashita addresses the audience

USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and Chairman Dennis Teranishi thanked outgoing Members of the Board of Directors Frederick Katayama and Moni Miyashita, who completed six-plus years of Board service. Mr. Katayama served as Chair of the Communications Committee, and Ms. Miyashita served as Vice-Chair of the Program Development Committee.

Mr. Katayama gives his speech

Newly elected Board of Directors Member Tomoko Kizawa from Chicago was introduced, and Yosuke Honjo was also acknowledged as a new Board Member. Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York, also attended along with several USJC Corporate Partners.

(L-R) Mr. Ryuhei Lou Tamura, Senior Executive Advisor, Asahi Kasei America Inc.; USJC Associate Jonathan Higa; Mr. Yonamine; Council Member/Leader Terry Suzuki

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