U.S.-Japan Council Newsletter
October 2nd, 2014
1. Annual Conference 2014 Begins Next Thursday!
The Opening Reception for our Annual Conference in Honolulu is one week from today! We hope to see many of you there. We invite you to join the conversation online by following us on Twitter and using the hashtag #USJCAC throughout the weekend.
While Conference registration has closed, you can still join us for a Culinary Festival the evening of Friday, Oct 10. Celebrating Connections brings together chefs from Hawaii and Japan for a unique take on "culinary diplomacy"
Register now: http://www.usjapancouncil.org/culinary-festival
We have got a short newsletter for you today, including a reflection from 2013 Emerging Leader (and Honolulu resident), Aki Marceau!
2. TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program News Corner
Update from Aki Marceau (ELP 2013)
As we approach the 2014 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, it is with great fondness that I reflect on the 2013 class and our growth over the last year. As strangers embarking on a journey together, our initial task as U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders was to build a structurally-sound bridge out of masking tape and newspaper. Over the past year, we have demonstrated that this simple team-building exercise was a loose metaphor for the bridges we have and will continue to build between two cultures and countries as part of an expansive network of Japanese Americans.
Since the Conference, 2013 Emerging Leaders have utilized their U.S.-Japan Council community to evolve and excel professionally. For example, Kay Makishi gained familiarity with the Peace Boat through her Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) cohort, and will be traveling to 14 countries over three months as communications coordinator. Similarly, Adam Moriwaki's ELP experience further confirmed his passion for international policy and global economics. Recently, he committed to an executive MPA program at Columbia University focused on international economic policy and analysis. Since July, Brandon Mita has been serving as the National Legal Counsel as a volunteer for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Yuki Lin joined Uber’s Japan expansion team and looks forward to optimizing his U.S.-Japan Council and ELP network in his new role. Amy Ancona recently took a position as interim assistant principal at an elementary school. The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), which is directed by Yuuki Shinomiya, was mentioned by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe as one of the "indispensable" programs for people-to-people connection for two nations.
Personally, the U.S.-Japan Council, both through ELP and the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, has become a vehicle through which I can contribute and develop a network that will promote transnational collaboration within my profession as a transportation planner.
As we pass the baton to the new 2014 cohort of U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders, we are grateful for all of the opportunities and expansive and ever growing U.S.-Japan Council community. We look forward to continuing our collective journey, engendering ties between the United States and Japan and amongst Japanese Americans through people-to-people connections.
3. U.S. and Japan in the News
New Japanese Price Index Shows Inflation Lingers
Wall Street Journal, Sept 29, 2014
At least 36 feared dead on Japanese volcano, search called off
Reuters, Sept 29, 2014
9 Ways Japan Can Better Tell Its Story to the World
The Diplomat, Sept 29, 2014
Abe vows bold steps for local revitalization
The Japan News, Sept 29, 2014
Gambling in Japan: Balls in the air
The Economist, Sept 27, 2014
Abe pledged $50 million in humanitarian aid to stem Islamic State crisis
The Japan Times, Sept 26, 2014
Japan again seeks a permanent UNSC seat; China the biggest hurdle
The Asahi Shimbun, Sept 26, 2014
Evolution of the Japanese Language: Dissing, Panicking and Riding a Cab
The Wall Street Journal, Sept 25, 2014
Japan's Road Warrior Diplomacy
The Diplomat, Sept 25, 2014
Japan Needs Global Growth to Boost Exports Says OECD Official
The Wall Street Journal, Sept 22, 2014
Froman Calls for Abe's Decision on TPP
The Japan News, Sept 20, 2014
Finance Ministers of Japan, China, S Korea Meet
NHK World, Sept 19, 2014