Summer Reception Hosted by Irene Hirano Inouye and Senator Daniel K. Inouye

July 18, 2012 at 6pm - 9pm


Isamu Akiyama, Ann McConnell, Irene Hirano Inouye, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minister Akira Chiba and Ximin Li at the Summer Reception

On Monday, July 16th, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye and Senator Daniel K. Inouye hosted a summer reception on Capitol Hill in the charming Lyndon Baines Johnson Room. As a part of the Council's Legislative Networking Initiative, the reception allowed Council Members and corporate supporters to meet and network with members of Congress. We were grateful to be joined by:

Senator Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Senator Mark Begich (Alaska) Chairman, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard; Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

Senator Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico) Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Senator Benjamin Cardin (Maryland) Chairman, Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection; Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Senator John Kerry (Massachusetts) Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Carl Levin (Michigan) Chairman, Senate Armed Forces Committee

Senator Joseph Lieberman (Connecticut) Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs

Senator Richard "Dick" Lugar (Indiana) Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Harry Reid (Nevada) Senate Majority Leader

Senator Jay Rockefeller IV (West Virginia) Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

Senator Jon Tester (Montana) Chairman, Subcommittee on Economic Policy; Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs

The reception was also an opportunity for our corporate supporters, including representatives from Hitachi, Ltd., General Dynamics, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., Mitsubishi International Corporation, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Sojitz Corporation of America, Toshiba America, Inc. and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. to get together and celebrate the continued strength of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and USJC Vice-Chair Henry Ota made brief remarks.

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