HONOLULU – Stan Masamitsu, President of Tony Hawaii Automotive Group in Waipio, will travel to Japan from March 5 to 12 as a member of the 2016 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program, which brings ten prominent Japanese Americans to Japan for a week-long trip dedicated to building people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders. In its 16th year, JALD provides opportunities for Japanese Americans to establish a meaningful role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations across all sectors of society.
Mr. Masamitsu and the other delegates will visit Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, where they will participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC). The delegates will then visit Tokyo, where past delegations have typically met with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and top business executives, among others.
Mr. Masamitsu has been President of Tony Hawaii Automotive Group since 1996. He consolidated Hawaii operations into one contiguous location in 2000, and conceptualized, built and relocated dealerships into Hawaii’s first and only auto mall, Tony Group Autoplex (representing Honda, Nissan, Volkswagen, & Hyundai brands). The company ranked as the 39th largest company overall and third largest automobile retailer in the latest Hawaii Business Top 250 list (2014). Tony Honda is a current winner of Honda’s President’s Award, given annually to dealerships for overall excellence (5-time recipient). Mr. Masamitsu serves on Boards of several organizations, including the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, Leeward YMCA and Better Business Bureau Hawaii. In 2006, he was named Pacific Business News’ “40 Under 40” Business Leader of the Year. Mr. Masamitsu’s family moved to Hawaii from Japan when he was age seven. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
"I am honored to have been selected as a member of the 2016 Japanese American Leadership Delegation," said Mr. Masamitsu. "This is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with business, community and political leaders in Japan and I hope that with my participation, I will be able to raise awareness in Hawaii for this great program and the U.S.-Japan Council."
The JALD delegates come from across the country and are active in their communities, engaged in U.S.-Japan relations and committed to deepening ties between Japanese Americans and Japan. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye will lead the delegation. The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and organized by USJC.
** Stan Masamitsu is available to comment before, during and after his trip to Japan. Contact USJC Communications Manager Shiori Okazaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-223-6843 to arrange an interview. For more information and biographies of all ten delegates visit: http://www.usjapancouncil.org/jald.