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Japanese American Leadership Symposium
“The Japanese American Experience:
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first emigration
from Japan to Hawaii”

Organized by: The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)
Co-Organized by: U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) External link
Yamaguchi International Exchange Association External link
Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs External link

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and the arrival of the first organized group of Japanese immigrants (Gannenmono) to Hawaii.
At this symposium, we will reflect upon the journey of Japanese Americans by welcoming three panelists whose ancestors are from Hawaii or Yamaguchi. They will share their family history, including how their families overcame obstacles in adjusting to life in America.

What is the role of Japanese Americans in our society, at a time when diversity and tolerance towards others are limited? The panelists will share their personal views. They will also discuss how to promote the spirit of diversity and inclusion in both Japan and the U.S.
Dr. Tosh Minohara (Professor, Kobe University), himself a Japanese American, will moderate this discussion following the panelists’ presentations.


Date & Time Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Doors Open at 5:30 PM)
Venue Hotel New Tanaka “Heian” (2nd Floor)
(2-6-24 Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi) accessmaps External link
TEL: 083-923-1313
Language English/Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation Available
Tosh Minohara (Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Kobe University)
Darcy Endo-Omoto (Vice President, Government & Community Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company)
“The Hawaii Experience: Gaman and Aloha”
David Ono (News Anchor, KABC-TV)
“Japanese American Incarceration: Never Again”
June Taylor (State Personnel Director and Executive Director, Department of Personnel & Administration, State of Colorado)
“Defining Japanese Americans: The Diversity Within”
[Guest Presenter]
Junko Nishida (Cultural advisor, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii)
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* Free Admission

Biographies of Panelists and Moderator

Darcy Endo-Omoto (Honolulu, HI)

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Vice President, Government & Community Affairs
Hawaiian Electric Company
Darcy Endo-Omoto is Vice President of Government and Community Affairs with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), where she has worked for over 10 years. Hawaiian Electric is Hawaii’s largest public utility and together with its subsidiaries, serves 95 percent of Hawaii’s population. Darcy is the company liaison responsible for managing relationships between the electric utility and key stakeholders, is responsible for the Company’s educational outreach with the communities served, including public and private schools and the planning and coordination of community events which HECO sponsors or supports. She also has oversight of the Company’s $1 million+ annual corporate giving program. Prior to HECO, Darcy was a Partner at Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stiffel focused on regulatory law and government relations. She has also served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii, Department of the Attorney General, Consumer Economic Development Division, and as an Associate at Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda. Darcy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: maternal side from Yamaguchi and Hiroshima, paternal side from Hiroshima and Yamanashi.

David Ono (Los Angeles, CA)

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News Anchor, KABC-TV
David Ono is a news anchor at KABC-TV. He anchors three shows a day and reports on stories from around the world. His career has included stops at KOVR in Sacramento, KDBC in El Paso, KOSA in Midland/Odessa and KXAS in Dallas. He has also hosted ABC7's half-hour show “Eye on L.A.” Since joining ABC7 in 1996, David has witnessed history worldwide, covering events including Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010, and the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. He has attended the Royal Wedding in London, tracked drug runners through Central America and reported from Paris on a terrorist plot to bring down the Eiffel Tower. In addition to his journalism duties, David is devoted to the community and participates in over 100 non-profit events each year. His duties range from emcee, to fundraiser and planner, to keynote speaker. The vast majority of the causes he promotes are related to Japanese and Japanese American issues. David grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of North Texas.
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: Kumamoto.

June Taylor (Denver, CO)

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State Personnel Director and Executive Director, Department of Personnel & Administration, State of Colorado
Governor John Hickenlooper appointed June Taylor to her dual role in the Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA), where she is responsible for the management of the State’s Human Resources, the Controller, Administrative Courts, the State Architect, State Archives, and the Employee Assistance Program. The programs and services provided are vitally important to the effective operation of government. Ms. Taylor has focused on initiatives to improve customer service, leadership, and employee engagement by implementing initiatives to drive discretionary effort across the state’s 33,000 employee workforce. Under her guidance, DPA is also leading efforts to overhaul the State’s procurement code and to implement the State’s first enterprise HR Information System. Ms. Taylor has been in senior leadership for 18 years in three distinct industries. She graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico, and earned her JD from the University of Denver College of Law.
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: Yamaguchi.


Tosh Minohara

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Tosh Minohara is a Professor of Diplomacy and Security Studies at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, Kobe University where he has taught since 1999. He received his B.A. in International Relations from University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Law and Politics, Kobe University in 1998. His first book, Hainichiiminhō to Nichibeikankei [The Japanese Exclusion Act and US-Japan Relations] (Iwanami Shoten, 2002), was awarded the Shimizu Hiroshi Prize by the Japanese Association of American Studies. His most recent monograph is Amerika no Hainichi Undō to Nichibeikankei [The Anti-Japanese Movement in America and US-Japan Relations] (Asahi Shimbun Shuppan, 2016).

President of U.S.- Japan Council (Co-Organizer)

Irene Hirano Inouye

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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 and an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University, 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; and Trustee, Washington Center. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.
Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: paternal side from Fukuoka, maternal side from Tokyo.

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