(South Coast Today) Keiko Orrall, Massachusetts state representative, is in Japan this week on the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program, which brings 10 prominent Japanese Americans to Japan for a week-long trip dedicated to building people-to-people connections with Japanese leaders. In its 14th year, JALD provides opportunities for Japanese Americans to establish a meaningful role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations across all sectors of society.
Rep. Orrall and the other delegates will visit Fukuoka in the Kyushu region, an economically and culturally dynamic prefecture where many Japanese Americans have their ancestral roots. They will also participate in a panel...
Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s latest approval ratings are in, and, let’s just say you’d have to go back 20 years to find a predecessor whose numbers are worse at the one-year mark.
Kerry’s approval rating is at a mediocre 55 percent, according to Gallup, which released a poll last week of 1,023 Americans, conducted Feb. 6-9 — right around his one-year anniversary as secretary, but well before his high-profile talks last week with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
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(The Rafu Shimpo) A distinguished group representing 10 areas of the U.S. has been selected for the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation, which will visit Japan from March 7 to 14.
Supported by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the participation of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and administered by the U.S.-Japan Council, the program is designed to “involve Japanese American leaders from throughout the U.S. and in Japan to the larger U.S.-Japan relationship,” said USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, who traveled with the 13 previous delegations and will be going this year as well.
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs.
It is led by the United States Embassy in Tokyo and non-profit educational organization the U.S.–Japan Council (USJC). Further, it is supported by the government of Japan, corporations, organizations, and individuals from the United States and Japan.
The ACCJ Journal spoke to Irene Hirano Inouye, president of the U.S.–Japan Council, about her involvement in the program.
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