Northern California Event Brings Together USJC Members and Japanese Leaders

July 27, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm


Board of Directors Member Dennis Teranishi, staff member Hiroyo Nonoyama, Board of Directors Vice Chair Member Henry Y. Ota, Council Member Hal Amano and Board Chairman Thomas Iino

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On July 27, Hiro Ogawa, member of the USJC Board of Councilors, opened his Northern California home for a USJC reception. About 150 people attended, including Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki of Hiroshima prefecture (a Friend of the Council), Governor Katsusada Hirose of Oita prefecture, and government officials and business leaders of both prefectures as well as Shizuoka--all of whom were in the area for the Governors' Meeting. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, who recently joined the Board of Councilors and was in town for an upcoming conference, also participated. Other USJC leaders, members and supporters from the area or from Japan were also in attendance.

Chairman of the Board of Directors Tom Iino and President Irene Hirano Inouye made remarks, as did Senior Vice President Kaz Maniwa and Consul General Masato Watanabe from the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco. Mr. Ogawa spoke about his wife Betty, who passed away in May, and how it was her wish to host the event at their home, as they also had last year. Mr. Ogawa, who had brought Dr. Yamanaka as a Keynote Speaker to the USJC Annual Conference last year, also spoke about his support for stem cell research. He encouraged the business leaders among his guests to become entrepreneurs and to take risks.

USJC would like to once again thank Mr. Ogawa (pictured below) and his family for their kind generosity.


Will you come?