USJC Members Forum (Virtual Event)

USJC Members Forum (Members Only)
Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm ET
Where: Virtual Event
Registration: This event is members only. If you have not received an invitation, please contact Wendy Abe at [email protected].

Members of the U.S.-Japan Council are invited to join us for the Members Forum on October 15, as the next installment of our 2020 Signature Series that kicked off earlier this month with the Bilateral Boardroom. This virtual event will highlight a range of voices within the USJC community. Attendees will hear from USJC leadership and share their own visions for USJC’s future. They will also have the opportunity to engage in a panel on bicultural Japanese American identity, hear from Jennifer Hirano, daughter of USJC’s late founding president Irene Hirano Inouye, and network with other members through breakout sessions.


  • Opening Remarks
  • Welcome Remarks from USJC Leadership
  • Panel: Japanese American Identity: Expanding the Nikkei Experience
  • Reports (Engagement Committee, Emerging Leaders Program, Mid-Career Professionals)
  • Board Recognition
  • Keynote: Jennifer Hirano
  • Closing Remarks
  • Optional: Networking Sessions (via Zoom Breakout sessions)


Kei Ashizawa, Attorney at Law, Ashizawa, LLC
Suzanne Basalla, President & CEO, U.S.-Japan Council
Phyllis Campbell, Chair, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; USJC Board Chair
José Keichi Fuentes, Senior Government Representative, Becker & Poliakoff
Jennifer Hirano
Christine Kitano, Assistant Professor, Ithaca College
George Kobayashi, President, Masuda Funai (emcee)
Joshua Morey, President, The J. Morey Company, Inc.
–Mana Nakagawa, Strategic Operations Lead, Facebook
–Rika Nakazawa, Founder and CEO, Boardseatmeet
–Erika Ninoyu, APAICS Fellow, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Lisa Sakai, President & Owner, TransAgra International Inc. (emcee)
Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
–Ako Williams, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Ushio America, Inc.
Tasha Yorozu, Managing Attorney, Yorozu Law Group, P.C.