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Building bridges between Japanese and Japanese Americans

It is our belief that the Japanese-American community in the U.S. plays a large role in deepening mutual understanding and respect for diversity in both countries, and that through the exchanges between Japanese and Japanese-Americans a network which will strengthen the Japan-U.S. relationship in the future can be promoted. CGP has thus been planning and supporting a wide range of exchange programs such as invitation programs, symposiums, surveys and publishing programs.

Japanese American Leadership Symposium

CGP organizes the Japanese American Leadership Symposium under the auspices of The Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program with assistance from the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and other local organizations every year.

Japanese American Leadership Symposium 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Yamaguchi
The Japanese American Experience: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first emigration from Japan to Hawaii

Venue: Hotel New Tanaka “Heian” (2nd Floor)

Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program (JALD)

Japanese American Leadership Delegation

Japanese migration to the U.S. began during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and there are about 1.4 million Japanese Americans in the U.S. (2015, national census). Following incarceration during World War II, new generations of Japanese Americans have contributed enormously both to their respective fields of work and their communities.

Photo of Japanese American Leadership Delegation ProgramCo-organized by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), a diverse group of about 10 Japanese-Americans who are playing leading roles in such fields as business, public organizations, education and arts are invited to Japan each year. During the 1-week stay in Japan, the group meets and exchanges information with Japanese leaders in government, political, business and non-profit sectors. The group visits regional cities to exchange ideas with experts in various fields and experience traditional Japanese culture. As part of the program, CGP co-hosts a public symposium with USJC and a local city government/organization.

CGP is especially pleased to know that upon returning, many of the delegation members devote themselves to work with the Japanese government, former delegates, and other community organizations to organize and participate in programs related to further supporting Japan-U.S. relations.

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U.S.-Japan Council

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The U.S.-Japan Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific. The Council promotes people-to-people relations as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship.
The Council was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with a regional office in Los Angeles, CA. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative. The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan. 
For more details, visit their website.

Past Symposiums and their Reports

March 6, 2017 in Kanazawa
“ Culture and Community Engagement: A Japanese American Perspective”

March 7, 2016 in Kobe
“Toward a Secure Society : Challenges in Diversity and Inclusion”

March 9, 2015 in Hiroshima
“Aging and Dementia:
Cooperation between the U.S. and Japan from research to health care”

March 10, 2014 in Fukuoka
“Japanese Americans making a difference in their community by “Economic development” and “Leadership” and in U.S.-Japan relations”(PDF:929KB)

March 10, 2013 in Fukushima
“Towards Common Ground: Connecting Diverse Voices for the Future”

March 5, 2012 in Sendai
“Empowering Civil Society for the Future of Japan”

March 7, 2011 in Osaka
“Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone: Role of Education in the Era of Global Competition”

March 3, 2010 in Tokyo.
“Leadership : Values in Career, Community and Culture”

March 5, 2009 in Naha
“Building New Networks: An Era of ‘Change’ in Japanese American-Japan Relations”
Report (PDF:9,689KB)

March 6, 2008 in Fukuoka.
“Reconnecting with Japanese Americans -Beyond 100 years of Emigration-”
Report (PDF:5,401KB)   

March 9, 2007 in Hiroshima.
“Japanese Americans at a Crossroad: Connecting Past, Present and Future”
Report (PDF:5,839KB)

March 13, 2006 in Nagoya
“From Art to Business: Japanese Americans in the Professional Arena”
Report (PDF:455KB)

March 7, 2005 in Kobe
“Practicing Multicultural Coexistence: From Minorities Perspectives”
Report (PDF:967KB)

March 29, 2004 held in Kyoto
“Asian American Diversity: Building Coalitions”

March 12, 2003 held in Tokyo
“Contemporary Society and Civil Society in the United States: Through the Eyes of the Japanese American Community”

Other Symposiums

CGP co-organized the following symposiums with Japanese American National Museum.

July 21, 2006 in Los Angeles
Public Symposium on “A New Perspective on US-Japan Relations: The Japanese American and Japanese Partnership”

July 24, 2006 in San Francisco
Public Symposium on “Shifting Japanese American Identities: Views of Japanese Americans and Japanese”

May 25, 2005 in Tokyo
Public Symposium on "Japanese Americans and the Future of U.S.-Japan Relations

Related Essays & Publications

Cover image of Japanese Americans and GlobalizationCGP supported the translation work of the book from English to Japanese.

The Japanese edition is "Nikkeijin to Grobarizeishon, Hokubei, Nanbei, Nihon> (“Japanese Americans and Globalization: North America, South America, and Japan”) Nichibun Shoin Publisher, 2006.

Its original English edition is “New Worlds, New Lives: Globalization and People of Japanese Descent in the Americas and from Latin America in Japan” (Asian America) (Paperback) edited by Lane Hirabayashi, Akemi Kikumura-Yano and James Hirabayashi. Stanford University Press, 2002. Visit the publisher’s website Link.

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