Dayne Kono Participates in the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation

Dayne Kono, President and Managing Director of Masuda Funai, was invited to participate in the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation program which took part in an 8-day trip to Japan, traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. This year's delegation consisted of 13 accomplished leaders in business, education, government and philanthropy across the United States.

During the week, delegation members met with Prime Minister Hatoyama, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, members of the House of Representatives from both the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, Her Highness Princess Takamado, and leaders from prominent Japanese business organizations, including the Keidanren, Kankeiren, Keizai Doyukai and Forum 21. Topics of discussion during the trip included leadership, diversity in the workforce, globalization, economic challenges, and philanthropy.

Now in its 10th year, the Japanese American Leadership Delegation is led by Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council. The program is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation, Center for Global Partnership, in collaboration with the U.S.-Japan Council. With this year's 10th anniversary delegation, the program now has 123 alumni to promote the long-term success of U.S.-Japan relations through sustained personal relationships between Japanese and Japanese Americans.