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Japanese American Leadership Symposium
"Reconnecting with Japanese Americans
-Beyond 100 years of Emigration-"

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Japanese American Leadership Symposium
Reconnecting with Japanese Americans -Beyond 100 years of Emigration-

100 years have passed since emigrants from Fukuoka first stepped onto American soil. Although many experienced hardships during difficult times in U.S.-Japan relations, by “reconnecting” with the Japanese, some Japanese Americans demonstrate enthusiasm in playing a crucial role in bridging Japan and the U.S. At this symposium, three Japanese Americans including the third generation with family roots in Fukuoka will participate as panelists and share their personal and family stories. The coordinators, Ms. Hirano and Professor Watanabe will lead the symposium, inviting the audience to participate in lively discussions. We look forward to having many participants in this symposium.

This symposium is held as part of the “Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program”. This year, the Delegation consisting of 13 Japanese American leaders from various professional fields from 10 cities throughout the U.S., travel to Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, from March 1 to March 9, 2008. This is the eighth Delegation to Japan. The trip’s itinerary also includes meetings in Tokyo with governmental, political and business leaders, and visits in Kyoto to a cultural master and cultural and historic sites.

This program has been sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation CGP in cooperation with the Japanese American National Museum, with a view to promoting mutual understanding between Japanese American community and Japan and strengthening long-term Japan –U.S. relations. The leaders who have participated in the JALD program, gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Japanese society and upon their return, are committed to future efforts to build linkages between the Japanese American community and Japan.


Thursday, March 6, 2008 14:00-16:00
(Reception Commences at 13:30)


ACROS Fukuoka International Conference Hall
(1-1 Tenjin 1-chome, Chuo-ku)

* Admission Free
* Simultaneous Translation Provided

Symposium Program:

1. Presentations of the three Japanese Americans
2. Panel Discussions with the Coordinators
3. Q&A

Ms. Irene Hirano(Founder, Japanese American National Museum)
Prof. Yasushi Watanabe (Professor, KeioUniversity)


Mr. Tom Ikeda (Executive Director, DENSHO:The Japanese American Legacy Project)
Ms. Sachi Koto (Founder, Sachi Koto Communications, Inc.)
Mr. Mark H. Yamakawa (Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, The Queen’s Health Systems)

For details, please see the program (PDF:5,446KB)

Organized by:

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP),
Japanese American National Museum

Co-organized by:

Fukuoka International Association,
Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation

Supported by:

Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City,
American Consulate Fukuoka

  • Please RSVP your name / affiliation by March 5th (Wed.) via FAX or email.
  • Please bring the Invitation Letter to the symposium that we will fax/email to you.
  • If you do not receive the Invitation Letter after 5 days of sending your fax/email, please contact Fukuoka International Association (Tel:092-733-5630 Email:

    1. Fax (092-733-5635): Please use this FAX Reply Form (PDF:516KB)
    2. Email ( Please RSVP your name, affiliation and your contact number such as Tel, FAX or Email.

 <Contact for Application & on the day of Symposium>
Fukuoka International Association: 092-733-5630
Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation: 092-725-9204

<Contact about the Symposium>
Ayumi Takita (Ms.), Intellectual Exchange Division, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership  Tel: 03-5369-6072  FAX: 03-5369-6042

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
4-16-3 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
Tel +81-(0)3-5369-6072 Fax +81-(0)3-5369-6042
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