2012 Japanese American Leadership Delegation
by Dr. Janet Ikeda, Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University
Ten Japanese American leaders from across the country traveled to Japan in March to meet with top officials to further develop the U.S.-Japan relationship and establish a meaningful role for Japanese Americans.
For the first time in program history, the delegation visited the city of Sendai in the Tohoku region to show support for the region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and learn from those living there. In Sendai, the delegates participated in a symposium sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council focused on empowering civil society in Japan. The delegation also visited Tokyo for a variety of exchanges with high level leaders including the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Japan.
This year’s delegation was chosen based on several key themes being developed by the U.S.-Japan Council including entrepreneurship, NGO/NPO partnerships, high technology and education, among others. The delegates came from across the country and are active in their communities, engaged in U.S.-Japan relations and committed to deepening ties between Japanese Americans and Japan. U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye led the delegation.
Here is the report submitted by Dr. Janet Ikeda, Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University:
2012 Delegate Shannon Hori (Miami,FL) produced a video segment capturing the delegates' experience in the Tohoku region.
Official Site of the 2012 Japanese American Leadership Delegation: http://www.usjapancouncil.org/japanese_american_leadership_delegation/