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Japanese American Leadership Symposium
Toward a Secure Society:Challenges in Diversity and Inclusion

Co-Organized by: The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership(CGP)
Co-Organized by: U.S.-Japan Council, The Kobe Shimbun
Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consulate General of the U.S. in Osaka-Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Government, Kobe City Government, Hyogo International Association

Today, security issues come in various forms, including terrorism, information crimes, and safety in local communities. Although national and regional governments have traditionally dealt with these issues, now individuals and the civil society are required to be involved. Each of us now have more responsibility to protect ourselves and those around us. Given this change, how should we deal with threats in our community and traditional state security? As our communities become increasingly diverse, what is the best balance between inclusion and maintaining strong security? The panelists will discuss these issues, touching upon their experience as Japanese American leaders working with security in a multicultural country.

Date & Time

Monday, March 7th, 2016 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Doors Open at 5:00 PM)


ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe 9F “Rosemary”
(1-Chome, Kitano-cho Chuo-ku Kobe, 650-0002 JAPAN Phone : +81 78 291 1121)Access
Free Admission English/Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation Provided


Mr. Bruce A. Harrell, City Council President, City of Seattle
Mr. Bruce E. Hollywood, Fellow, White House Leadership Development Program
Judge Kiyo A . Matsumoto, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


Lieutenant General Koichiro Bansho, ommanding General, Western Army, JGSDF Retired Advisor at Marubeni Corporation


Dr.Kaoru Kurusu, Professor at Kobe University Graduate School of Law (International Relations)
Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council

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Biography of Panelists and Coordinators



A native of Seattle, Mr. Bruce Harrell has spent over 25 years as an attorney and community volunteer. He was re-elected to the City Council in 2014 by the people of Seattle. In 2015 he was unanimously elected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Council President. Mr. Harrell serves as the Chair of the Council’s Education, Equity, and Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Human Services and Public Health Committee. He is currently working with the Seattle Women’s Commission to develop policy on the wage gap between women and men in Seattle. He has served as the chief legal and business advisor to telecommunications companies, lending institutions, housing corporations, religious institutions and nonprofit groups. Mr. Harrell attended the University of Washington (UW) on a football scholarship, where he received a B.A. in Political Science. He became the 8th leading tackler in UW history and in 1979 was voted Defensive Player of the Year. He went on to earn a J.D. from the UW School of Law and later an M.A. from Seattle City University. Mr. Harrell was elected to the UW Alumni Board of Trustees and in 2008 and was honored by the university as a “Husky Legend.”
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: Kumamoto

Mr. BRUCE E. HOLLYWOOD (Washington, DC)


Mr. Bruce Hollywood is a Fellow in the White House Leadership Development Program. This new program is sponsored by the Executive Office of the President and is designed to build enterprise leaders to work on the federal government’s highest priority and highest impact challenges. His focus during the Fellowship is improving Service Member and Veterans’ Mental Health services. His previous position was Deputy Division Chief for the Joint Operational War Plans Division. In this position, on behalf of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he enabled the formulation and maintenance of relevant and integrated campaign and contingency plans. Mr. Hollywood spent 21 years on active duty in the United States Air Force in Space and Missile Operations, retiring as a Colonel in 2007. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Japanese American Veterans Association and is on the Board of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation. He has two masters degrees and attended the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in Washington, DC.
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: Shizuoka

Judge KIYO MATSUMOTO (Brooklyn, NY)

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Judge Kiyo Matsumoto is a federal district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She joined the court in 2008 after being nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate on a majority vote. Born to second-generation Japanese American parents, she became the second Asian Pacific American woman to serve as a federal district court judge. Judge Matsumoto was a private practice attorney in Washington State from 1981 to 1983. She then joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she presided as Chief of the Civil Division and Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit until 2004. She also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law from 1998 to 2004. She has served on the board or is a member of several organizations including the Federal Bar Council, the American Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Japanese American Association, the Japanese American Citizens League and the Japanese American Lawyers Network. Judge Matsumoto received a Bachelor’s Degree with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: maternal side from Tokyo and Nara, paternal side from Fukuoka


Lieutenant General Koichi Bansho

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LTG Bansho started his career as an infantry officer in 1980 with the Ranger specialty after graduation of the National Defense Academy. After completing the Command and General Staff College, in 1989 he was assigned to the Northeast Asia Division, Asian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for two years. Upon his graduation from U.S. Army War College (Master of Strategic Studies) in 2000, he was assigned as Chief, Policy and Programs section, Defense Planning Division, GSO, where he was in charge of the National Defense Program Guideline (NDPG) and the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation. And then, he took command of 3rd Infantry Regiment in Hokkaido. Subsequently, he commanded the first Japanese Contingent to Iraq organized as “1st Iraqi Reconstruction Support Group” deployed in al-Samawah, a southern city of war-torn Iraq in 2004.
After his service as Chief, Public Affairs Office, Comptroller Department, GSO, in 2005 he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff, Western Army Headquarters. In 2007, he served as the Commandant, JGSDF Officer Candidate School. As a significant temporary assignment, he was called up to the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan as the Chief of Japan-U.S. Bilateral Coordination Center from Joint Staff Office(JSO) for the first ever Japan-U.S bilateral disaster relief operation known as “Operation Tomodachi,” when Japan suffered the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
After completing his mission of G5 and HADR, he was assigned as the Commanding General, 3rd Division in 2011. And then, he returned to GSO as the Vice Chief of Staff, JGSDF in 2012. Finally, he took command of the Western Army responsible for the defense of South-western region of Japan from 2013 to 2015.


Dr. Kaoru Kurusu

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Dr.Kaoru Kurusu is Professor in International Relations at Kobe University. Her current research interests included human security and non-traditional security issues, corporate social responsibility in the context of disaster reduction and prevention, Japan’s diplomacy in the United Nations, and institutional theories. She studied at The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo, and earned her Ph.D. from Osaka University.
Her publications in the English language include: “Japan as an Active Agent for Global Norms,” (R. Kersten trans.) Asia-Pacific Review 18-2 (2011) ; “Japan’s Struggle for the UN Membership, 1955,” in M. Iokibe et al., eds., Japanese Diplomacy in the 1950s (Routldge, 2008); “Why do Companies Join the United Nations Global Compact,” (with Satoshi Miura) in K. Tsutsui and A. Lim eds., Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye

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Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between the United States and Japan. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for twenty years. A recipient of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Ms. Hirano Inouye has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano Inouye’s professional and community activities include serving as Trustee and immediate past chair, Ford Foundation, Trustee and immediate past chair, Kresge Foundation; Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Trustee, Washington Center, and Trustee, Independent Sector. She was married to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: paternal side from Fukuoka, maternal side from Tokyo.

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