U.S.-Japan Council Newsletter (November 27th, 2014)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the U.S.-Japan Council!

As always, we are thankful for all of our wonderful Council Members, Friends of the Council, sponsors and supporters.

AALD Delegates with Council Member Irene Kawanabe and USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye

We are also thankful to the participants and speakers at our events, including this month’s first-ever Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD), funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Photos from the Delegation are available on the USJC Flickr account here.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy hosting TOMODACHI alumni at her residence for an event celebrating seven TOMODACHI Strategic Partners earlier this month

We are thankful for the supporters, participants and partners in our TOMODACHI Initiative programs. You can read more about the latest TOMODACHI activities in the November Update from Team TOMODACHI here.

USJC Members in the News

The past few weeks have seen several of our great Council Members featured in the news. Join us in thanking these individuals (and many others!) for their leadership in the Japanese American community!

  • Board of Directors Members Gary Moriwaki and Susan Onuma honored by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
    Their work with USJC, the Japanese American Association in New York, and other organizations has been recognized for its positive impact on U.S.-Japan relations. Congratulations Gary and Susan!
  • Emily Murase Re-Elected to San Francisco Board of Education
    Emily finished first among nine candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. She also the executive director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
  • The Hon. Toko Serita featured in the New York Times
    Judge Serita, a 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation participant and member of the Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens, New York, is highlighted for the Court’s unique approach to solving human trafficking problems.
  • Sharon Tomiko Santos Re-Elected the the Washington State House of Representatives
    Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, a participant in this month’s Asian American Leadership Delegation, was among several Japanese Americans elected to state legislatures throughout the country. Sharon has held her seat in the Washington State House of Representatives since 1998.
  • Council Member Donna Cole and the Inaugural Japan Food Festival Featured in Houston Chronicle
    Donna Cole, an advisory board member at the University of St. Thomas, helped guide the festival in celebration of St. Thomas’ new course offerings on U.S.-Japan relations. She was assisted by several USJC Members and alumni of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program.