YOU ARE INVITED:“Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators”
- A Panel Discussion with U.S. State Legislators (in OSAKA)
(Monday, December 3, 2018)

The Asian American Leadership Delegation Program (supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, implemented by the U.S.-Japan Council) invites 6 distinguished state legislators of the United States to Japan in order to strengthen and deepen their understanding of Japan as well as the U.S.-Japan relationship. During their visit to Japan, they exchange opinions with policy makers, scholars, business leaders and leaders from civil society on various topics.

With its precious opportunity, a panel discussion will be held at The Garden Oriental Osaka. Details are as follows:

The U.S.-Japan Council is pleased to host a panel discussion with six distinguished Asian American state legislators from diverse backgrounds who are participating in the 2018 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program. The AALD program is generously funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and implemented by the U.S.-Japan Council, with support from the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.

The AALD program gives selected state-elected Asian American officials the opportunity to visit Japan for one week to meet and exchange ideas with Japanese political, governmental, business and community leaders at both the national and local levels. It aims to enhance mutual understanding and network building between Japan and the United States.

During the panel discussion, moderated by Karen Kelley, Consul General – U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe, delegates will talk about their respective political and personal journeys in the United States. Many of the delegates this year have followed non-traditional paths, choosing to become a politician after pursuing different careers. The audience will have the opportunity to learn about their personal choices, as well as the important role Asian American politicians play in their political arenas, especially in light of current events. The speakers will also reflect upon their experience in Japan.

“Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators”
Dates & Time
Monday, December 3, 2018, 16:00-17:30 (Doors open at 15:30)
The Garden Oriental Osaka, The Ballroom
10-35 Amijimacho, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 534-0026 ,Japan(Map
U.S.-Japan Council
  • • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • • Mark Chang, State Delegate, Maryland General Assembly
  • • Steven Choi, State Assemblyman, California State Assembly
  • • Michelle Kidani, State Senator, Hawaii State Senate
  • • Fue Lee, State Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • • Theresa Mah, State Representative, Illinois House of Representatives
  • • Yuh-Line Niou, State Assemblymember, New York State Assembly

  • Moderator:
    • Karen Kelley, Consul General – U.S. Consulate General, Osaka–Kobe
English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Admission is free. Registration is required.

* All attendees are welcome to meet the state legislators over an informal light meal immediately following the symposium in the same venue.
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
* Please kindly be noted that we do not offer parking area.
Naoko Yoneda, U.S.-Japan Council Program implementer, WLS LLC
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