On August 22, USJC and Sailors for the Sea Japan held the Japan-U.S. International Symposium for Ocean Conservation in Hawaii. More than a dozen prominent leaders from both sides of the Pacific, including Akie Abe, the First Lady of Japan, gathered in Honolulu to discuss ocean conservation, the sustainable management of fisheries and more. The event was attended by close to 300 individuals, including leaders from government, business and the civil sector.
At this symposium, women from Japan and the United States, represented by Mrs. Abe and USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, discussed solutions to protect the ocean. They approached ocean conservation from multiple angles, including policy, education, science and grassroots efforts to promote environmentalism.
Other speakers included Julie Packard (Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium); Margaret Spring (Vice President, Monterey Bay Aquarium); Meg Caldwell (Board, Monterey Bay Aquarium); Ruth Gates (Director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii); Takeji Mazuka (President, Sanctuary NPO) and Minako Iue (President, Sailors for the Sea Japan). Aya Higa, the wife of Ernie Higa, USJC (Japan) Board Chairman, emceed the event. A panel of students from Kyoto University, Tokyo University, University of Hawaii and University of Pennsylvania--which included TOMODACHI alumnus David Nakanishi, as well as Aya and Ernie's daughter Jennifer Higa--also provided comments from the perspective of the next generation of leaders.
This event was hosted by Mrs. Abe, Irene Hirano Inouye and Sailors for the Sea Japan, and supported by USJC, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Nippon Foundation.