2019 JA Leadership Delegation Gathers in L.A. for Orientation

The 2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation at the Japanese American National Museum. Back row, from left: Bryce Suzuki, Kurt Osaki, Andrew Fujimoto, Mark Nakagawa, Kyle Nakamoto, Britt Yamamoto. Front row, from left: Consul Shigeru Kikuma (facilitator), Kelly Yamasaki, Vickie Sakurada Schaepler, Joy Goto, Mariko Silver, Irene Hirano Inouye (facilitator).

On Feb. 1 and 2, members of the 2019 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) gathered in Los Angeles for an intensive, two-day orientation.

The meetings were held at the Japanese American National Museum and were facilitated by U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye, Senior Vice President Kaz Maniwa and Consul Shigeru Kikuma of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

The annual orientation introduces delegates to the program, host organizations and each other; provides an overview of issues important to the U.S.-Japan relationship; and prepares them for their trip to Japan.

On Feb. 1, Mitch Maki (JALD ’02) led the group on an in-depth tour of JANM’s permanent exhibition, “Common Ground: The Heart of Community.”

Hideki Hara, director of the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, welcomed the delegates, and USJC board member Yuko Kaifu provided an overview of current social issues and Japanese business etiquette.

In the evening, Consul General Akira Chiba and his wife