2000 Japanese American Leadership Delegation


The first Japanese American Leadership Delegation traveled to Japan on September 25th – October 6th, 2000.  The delegation visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.  Highlights of the trip included meetings with high-level Japanese leaders including government officials, parliamentarians and business executives.

The 2000 delegation represented the cities of Del Rey, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco and San Jose and diverse professions including agriculture, business, cultural and community affairs, education, government, journalism, law and non-profit administration.

2000 Delegates

  • Wayne Doiguchi, Northern California
  • Irene Hirano, Southern California
  • Eugene Itogawa, Northern California 
  • Kaz Maniwa, Northern California
  • David Mas Masumoto, Northern California 
  • Diane Matsuda, Northern California
  • Alan Nishio, Southern California 
  • Paul Osaki, Northern California
  • Dale Shimasaki, Northern California
  • Bryan S. Takeda, Southern California
  • Richard Uchida, Northern California 
  • Karen Wada, Southern California