2019 Consuls General & Japanese American Leaders Meeting

2019 Meeting

On January 18, prominent Japanese Americans selected by their respective Consuls General from across the United States participated in a discussion with Japanese government leaders as part of MOFA’s annual meeting of the Ambassador, Consuls General and Japanese American Leaders (CG-JA) in Washington, DC.

The discussion focused on several key issues for the Japanese government and regions across the United States, including new outreach efforts to Japanese American communities throughout the consulate regions. Participants shared their views on the changing narrative of the Japanese American experience, the importance of spreading awareness of Japanese American history among Japanese and younger Japanese Americans, new strategies to build diverse relationships across different regions and communities in both countries, and more. Participants also shared information about upcoming anniversaries and special events, including WakamatsuFest150 in Northern California, which celebrates 150 years of Japanese American heritage, and arts and cuisine at the historic site of the first Japanese colony of immigrants in the United States.  

Following the meeting, the Embassy of Japan’s Deputy Chief of Mission Kazutoshi Aikawa hosted a luncheon reception. Hon. Aikawa, USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, and Manuel Morales, Honorary Consul General of Japan at San Juan (PR), gave remarks.

Council Leaders and CG-JA participants June Taylor (CO) and Judge Peter Sakai (TX) gather for a photo with Honorary Consul General of Japan at Buffalo (NY) Joe Koessler

On the evening prior to the meeting, USJC organized a welcome reception at The Monocle Restaurant near Capitol Hill to honor the Japanese American leaders visiting Washington, DC. The reception was attended by local USJC members, representatives of local Japanese American organizations, staff members representing Congressional offices, and the Honorary Consuls & Consuls General of Japan.

The CG-JA meeting is an annual collaborative effort between the Embassy of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Council. This year, the discussion was co-chaired by Irene Hirano Inouye and Minister Kenichiro Mukai (Minister for Management and Coordination, Head of Chancery at the Embassy of Japan).

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