Seeking Applicants for the 2017 Asian American Leadership Delegation

Are you an Asian American Leader?  The Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles is seeking candidates for the Fall 2017 Asian American Leadership Delegation.  The application deadline is July 7, 2017.  More information is at


2017 Asian American Leadership Delegation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will sponsor ten Asian American leaders from throughout the U.S. to travel to Japan on the 4th Asian American Leadership Delegation.  This program aims to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations through deepening participants knowledge of Japans history, culture, and contemporary society and helping Japanese leaders better understand the Asian American experience.  



  • 7 nights, 8 days

  • Sept. 4 (Mon.)  Sept. 18 (Mon.), 2017 OR Oct. 2 (Mon.)  Oct. 16 (Mon.), 2017

(*These are the four weeks under consideration at this time; candidates must indicate availability in application)

  • Itinerary (to be confirmed)

    • Briefing at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    • Visit to the U.S. Embassy

    • Meetings with various ministries, parliamentarians, opinion leaders, business executives


      • U.S.-Japan relations, U.S.-Japan security treaty, Asian geopolitics

      • Japans key strategies: Abenomics, security, womens empowerment

    • Opportunities to learn about:

      • High level technologies

      • Traditional culture

      • Cool Japan culture

o   Visit to regional areas



  • Approximate target age: late 30s  50s (candidates with extraordinary qualifications will be considered even if they fall outside of the age range)

  • Leaders in their respective fields and communities with the ability to engage and communicate on a national and international level 

  • 10 participants from throughout the U.S.

  • Those who have not participated in a similar invitational program in the past


Application Process

Interested candidates from the Los Angeles consulate jurisdiction must send the following by email, fax, or mail by Fri., July 7 to:


Jennifer Usyak

Consulate General of Japan

350 S. Grand Ave, #1700

Los Angeles, CA  90071

Fax: (213) 617-6727


NOTE: All applicants must apply through the consulate jurisdiction of their residence or place of employment.  To verify consulate jurisdiction or whether to apply through the embassy, please visit:


  • Full name

  • Contact information: address, telephone, email

  • Resume (including job title and affiliation)

  • Professional, Community, and/or Volunteer Affiliations & Leadership Roles

  • Topics of interest related to Japan

  • Prior visits to Japan (dates and purpose)

  • Availability to participate during the four weeks currently under consideration: Sept. 4 (Mon.)  Sept. 18 (Mon.), 2017 OR Oct. 2 (Mon.)  Oct. 16 (Mon.), 2017

  • Essay (no more than TWO pages double-spaced) providing answers to the following questions:

o   Why do you wish to participate in this program?

o   How would you continue contributing to U.S.-Japan relations after your participation in the program, if you were chosen as a delegate?  

o   How did you learn about this program?


For further information please contact Jennifer Usyak at (213) 617-6700 x166.




Kate Leonard, CPA, MBA

Honorary Consul General of Japan in San Diego

President, San Diego Consular Corps



Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP

7676 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 1150

San Diego, CA  92108

Direct (619) 849-6547

Main (619) 849-6500

Skype: kateleonardcpa

Cell (858) 354-6332


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