U.S.-Japan Relations Symposium: 70 Years and Beyond

November 21, 2015 at 9:30am - 6pm
Harris Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston

(L-R) Council Member Marion Friebus-Flaman, Board Member Dayne Kono, Irene Hirano Inouye, Council Members Toshiki Masaki, Richard Morimoto and Lisa Sakai

On November 21, a symposium titled "U.S.-Japan Relations: 70 Years and Beyond" was held at Northwestern University. This event, co-sponsored by USJC, offered an in-depth examination of the relationship between Japan and the United States. It also explored the role the Nikkei community in the Midwest can play, and its relevance in the future relationship of these two nations. 

Consul General Toshiyuki Iwado addressing the audience

Council Member and 2015 JALD alumnus Richard Morimoto, who is the Bill and Gayle Cook Professional of Biology at Northwestern, helped spearhead this event. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, Dr. Morimoto and other USJC members--including Board Member Dayne Kono, Council Members Toshiki Masaki and Lisa Sakai, and Associate Member Brandon Mita--participated as moderators and panelists. Most of the USJC Members spoke as part of the closing panel, which discussed the role of Japanese Americans in U.S.-Japan relations. Other panels looked at the history of the Japanese American community in Chicago, current issues for the Japanese American community, and relations among different Asian American groups. Consul General of Japan in Chicago, Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado, also delivered remarks.

Associate Member and 2013 Emerging Leader Brandon Mita (right) was among the panelists, along with Ms. Sandra Yamate (left) and Dr. Greg Kimura (middle)

Close to 100 people attended despite the snow, including several USJC Members in the region. The event was then followed by a dinner. 

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