2010 JAPANESE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP DELEGATION TO JAPAN
th10 ANNIVERSARY DELEGATION
February 26 – March 7, 2010
Co-Sponsored by: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
th2010 will mark the 10 Anniversary of the Delegation Program. For this Anniversary Year the 2010 Delegation will be comprised of senior Japanese American leaders who are top leaders in their professions, have had moderate to extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations, and will be committed to furthering the U.S.-Japan relationship upon their return.
The Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program provides the opportunity for thirteen Japanese American leaders from throughout the United States to travel to Japan for seven nights. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) represented in the United States by the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. and sixteen consulate general offices, and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) are co-sponsors of the program.
The program began in 2000 and 110 delegates have participated to date. The trip creates an opportunity for Japanese American leaders to get to know Japan and to meet and exchange information with Japanese leaders in government, business, political, non-profit, and cultural sectors. The trip allows Japanese leaders to gain a greater understanding about multicultural America through the experiences of a diverse group of Japanese Americans. Upon returning, the Delegation members work with former Delegates, the local Consulates, and local and national community organizations, to organize and participate in programs and activities related to building U.S.-Japan relations.
GOALS OF THE DELEGATION PROGRAM
1. Improve understanding and strengthen long-term relations between Japanese
Americans and Japan.
2. Develop and implement on-going strategies to expand the role of Japanese
Americans in advancing U.S.-Japan relations.
3. Develop a network of Japanese American leaders that will continue to advance
U.S.-Japan relations long-term, at the regional, national and international level.
While the relationship between the United States and Japan is considered by many as the most important bilateral relationship in the world, the connection between Japanese and Japanese Americans is atypical and more complex than that shared by other Americans and their ancestral peoples and lands. While World War II played a major role in severing ties between Japanese Americans and Japan, the political, business, and cultural milieu that both nations face today requires a new look at the Japanese – Japanese American relationship, and
its role in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.
The Japanese American Leadership Delegation program provides Japanese American leaders a unique opportunity to become acquainted or re-engaged with Japan; to meet the highest leaders in government, business and the non-profit sectors, and participate in discussions related to the role that Japanese Americans can play in addressing key issues that face both countries, now and in the future.
The first Delegation was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to visit Japan in 2000. The delegation included third and fourth generation Japanese Americans selected from various professional fields including educational, cultural, philanthropic, legal and political sectors. Since the initial trip, delegations of Japanese American leaders from throughout the United States have visited Japan every year since 2002 and now number nearly 110 participants. Since 2003, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has co-sponsored the program.
Participants in this program have created an Alumni Network to ensure that the commitment to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations is maintained. The first national reunion/conference for Alumni was held in 2007 in Honolulu and a second national reunion/summit was held in San Francisco in July 2009. A commitment to follow-up after the trip is a required part of the Program.
; The trip to Japan will be February 26 – March 6, 2010
; Orientation – January 22-23, 2010 in Los Angeles – This is mandatory for all delegates
that will travel to Japan. Non-participation in the orientation will disqualify an
individual from traveling with the Delegation.
; The itinerary will include travel to Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka.
; Transportation, hotel and meals will be provided.
; Delegates are required to attend all meetings and events during the trip.
As a rule, Delegates are not permitted to extend their stay. In exceptional cases,
however, they may extend their stays by up to 5 nights at the conclusion of the
official program at their own expense and at the approval of MOFA and CGP.
Requests will be considered only if the extension supports the general goals of the
program. As a rule, spouses and family members are not permitted to accompany
delegates during the official trip.
CRITERIA & SELECTION OF THE 2010 DELEGATION
thFor this special 10 Anniversary Delegation, members will be comprised of senior leaders and executives with moderate to extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership will approve the final thirteen Japanese American leaders for the 2010 Delegation. Decisions will be based upon recommendations from the local Japanese Consulates and Japanese Embassy and recommendations from an Advisory Committee comprised of selected former Delegates. The 2010 delegation will include leaders who have a demonstrated interest and commitment to strengthening U.S. and Japan relations, have interest or experience in the Japanese American community, and will be committed to future efforts to strengthen linkages between the United States and Japan. Selection for the 2010 delegation will give greater consideration to individuals from the business and government sectors.
Selection Criteria will include:
; Senior leadership in one’s profession
; Interest or experience in U.S.-Japan relations
; Commitment to strengthening U.S.–Japanese relations in the future
; Interest in expanding the role of Japanese Americans in U.S.-Japan relations
Three members of the Delegation will be selected to speak at a Symposium in Tokyo sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. In the past, the Delegation has participated in Symposiums held in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Okinawa.
In making the final recommendations for the Delegation, criteria will also include:
; Regional distribution of the delegates
; Professional distribution among the delegates
; Gender balance among the delegation
; In principle, delegates should be 40 to 60 years of age to enable them longer term
opportunities to build U.S.-Japan relations in their respective professional and
community activities. In reflecting the goals of the Program, priority will be given to
Sansei, Yonsei and Gosei, including Japanese Americans of multi-racial background.
; Diversity of individuals with moderate to extensive experience in Japan. Those who
were previously invited to Japan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same
program or a similar invitation program will not be eligible for consideration.
Notwithstanding, candidates who do not meet all of the above criteria may still be considered if they demonstrate extraordinary qualifications.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS
Deadline for receipt of applications/nominations: November 13, 2009
Application should be submitted by mail, fax, or email to the Consulate General of Japan in Boston (attn: Ms. Mika Iga/ Federal Reserve Plaza/ 600 Atlantic Ave./ Boston, MA 02210; Fax: 617-542-1329; email: email@example.com).
Please note “Application for the Japanese American Leadership Delegation” on the front of the envelope if you mail the application.
For further information, please contact:
Consulate General of Japan in Boston
Ms. Mika Iga, 617-973-9772 x141, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Richard Winslow, 617-973-9772 x137, email@example.com
OVERVIEW OF SPONSORS & CO-ORGANIZER
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is one of the eleven ministries of the Government of Japan’s Executive Branch, the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. The Ministry oversees a network of embassies and consulates throughout the world, managing Japan’s foreign
relations. The North American Affairs Bureau sponsors a number of programs which facilitate the strengthening of Japan-U.S. relations, with the First North America Division overseeing Japanese American affairs.
JAPAN FOUNDATION CENTER FOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established within the Japan Foundation in 1991 with offices in both Tokyo and New York. CGP’s mission is to promote collaboration
between Japan and the United States with the goal of fulfilling shared global responsibilities and contributing to improvements in the world's welfare and to enhance dialogue and interchange between Japanese and US citizens on a wide range of issues, thereby improving bilateral relations.