Join USJC’s elite global network of young leaders! Enhance your professional skills, expand your connections, and forge impactful relationships through ELP. Selected participants will receive transportation to the Annual Conference, accommodations, meals, and conference registration. As an added benefit, you’ll become a U.S.-Japan Council Associate Member with your first year’s membership dues waived – a privilege typically by invitation only. Plus, you’ll gain access to exclusive ELP alumni and USJC regional events year-round.


Candidates for the Emerging Leaders Program should be Japanese American professionals who meet the following criteria:

  • Age: 24-35 years of age at the time of the Conference.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • Residence: Living in the U.S. or Japan, with availability to travel to Tokyo for the Annual Conference. Must have a valid passport.
  • Passion for U.S.-Japan relations: Shown through professional, academic, extra-curricular, or community involvement.
  • Leadership: Proven leadership experience.
  • Commitment: Dedication to remain involved in U.S.-Japan Council programs and initiatives.

In making the final selection, diversity of geography, gender, and professional background will be given consideration.


  • *Informational sessions (optional)
    • Session 1 – June 20, 5:00 – 6:00 pm PT
    • Session 2 – June 26, 4:00 – 5:00 pm PT
  • Application deadline: July 14, 2024, 11:59 pm (PT)
  • Application review period: July-August
  • Notifications: Early September via email to all applicants
  • Pre-Conference Orientation (virtual): October 2, 4:00 pm PT
  • 2024 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference: October 28-November 1 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Post-Conference debrief (virtual): December 5, 3:00 pm PT

*Optional informational sessions will be conducted via Zoom and require sign-up. Register here.


A PDF packet including documents 1-3 below will be required, as well as a short introductory video. All materials must be in English. 

  1. Resume
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Letter(s) of Recommendation (limit 2, may be submitted separately via email)
  4. Short video (see prompt in application form below, limit 3 minutes)
  5. Optional: other supporting materials 

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.