USJC Chairman of the Board Thomas Iino Issues a Statement on the Passing of Senator Inouye

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Throughout history, few individuals contribute a profound level of uniqueness to global relationships. On December 17, 2012 the world lost such a human being. The United State’s most senior Senator passed away peacefully yesterday, leaving behind a legacy of commitment to the U.S.-Japan relationship and to the world. Senator Daniel K. Inouye dedicated his life to human understanding and relationships through dialogue within the public and private sectors of our domestic and international communities. In particular, he created a network of strong people-to-people relationships between the U.S. and Japan, which has helped overcome the walls of misunderstanding that evolved from the historical events of WWII.

With his wife and partner, Irene Hirano Inouye, Senator Inouye helped create the U.S.-Japan Council, a living legacy of his life’s work ensuring the long-term strength and stability of what friend and colleague Mike Mansfield called the world’s most important bilateral relationship, the U.S.-Japan alliance.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Japan Council, I can say with confidence that the vision Senator Inouye and Irene Hirano Inouye share of a strong and vibrant U.S.-Japan relationship and a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific region will stand the test of time.

Senator, ALOHA

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii's senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications on December 17 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His wife Irene and his son Ken were at his side.

Senator Inouye served on the U.S.-Japan Council Board of Councilors and helped found the organization in 2009. The U.S.-Japan Council promotes people-to-people relationships as crucial to strong U.S.-Japan relations.