This symposium is part of the 2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program and is co-organized by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), USJC and Kumamoto City, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kumamoto Prefecture.
Kumamoto Prefecture is facing a serious issue: a decrease in young people. Declining birthrate is not the primary cause; rather, the number of people who move out of the prefecture exceeds those moving in.
At this symposium, Kumamoto residents and Japanese American leaders will exchange ideas on how to create an attractive city for future generations. The three Japanese American panelists, representing academia, civil society and the private sector, respectively, are: Dr. Mariko Silver, Dr. Britt Yamamoto, and Ms. Kelly Yamasaki. Dr. Kirk Masden (Associate Professor, Kumamoto Gakuen University) and Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye will moderate this discussion following the panelists’ presentations.