Why Resilience Matters: How Adversity Molds Us

A new webinar series “Why Resilience Matters: How Adversity Molds Us” will dive into the latest news regarding the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. This two-part free livestreaming event is co-presented by Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and Japan America Society of Southern California.

Part 1 | Facing Setbacks Like a Champion
Date & Time: December 2, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PST)
Facing Setbacks Like a Champion focuses on the athletes and the competitor's mindset. Apolo Ohno, the most decorated US Winter Olympian in history, will take the stage with surfing prodigy Kanoa Igarashi and World Champion Judoka Aaron Phillip Wolf. The conversation will be moderated by the award-winning anchor of ABC 7 News David Ono and will focus on how the Olympians have contended with adversity in training, including how delays caused by the novel coronavirus have impacted their lives. Now that the Tokyo Games have been officially rescheduled for 2021, the athletes can make public remarks about the challenges they have faced this year.

Part 2 | The Power of the Games for Communities
Date & Time:
December 10, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (PST)
The Power of the Games for Commuities will offer updates on event planning and excitement leading up to the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next summer and Los Angeles in 2028. John Harper, COO of LA28, and Hidemasa Nakamura, GDO of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will engage in a dialogue moderated by President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation Renata Simril to explore how planners work together across geographies to create an amazing Games experience for both athletes and fans – uniting the world and bringing together communities. With the Tokyo Games’ unexpected delay to 2021, organizers have had more time to focus on planning for a variety of scenarios, with an ever-present focus on the power and unity of the Games for their community and the world. And with a special legacy of Games in LA in both ’32 and ‘84, LA28 is working towards advancing that storied legacy even further in their ongoing planning efforts.

Registration for both webinars can be done here: https://japanhousela.swoogo.com/Why-Resilience-Matters

Part 1 | Speaker Profiles

Kanoa Igarashi
Professional Surfer, 2020 Tokyo Olympics Representative

Kanoa Igarashi has been surfing for as long as he can remember. His dad first put him on a surfboard in Huntington Beach, USA at the age of just three. He took to the sport with natural talent, competing in his first surf contest (which he won) at the age of six. Since then, Igarashi, whose parents immigrated to the US from Tokyo, Japan, has taken the surf world by storm. At age 14, he became the youngest surfer ever to win the US National Championships for under-18s and that same year won the Governor’s Cup at the Surfing America Championships and took second in the King of Groms Championships. In addition to competitions, Igarashi has appeared in a bunch of stellar surf films, but his ultimate goal is to one day win the ASP World Championships – surfing's elite tour.

Apolo Ohno
8-time Olympic Medalist, Short Track Speed Skater

Reinvention is at the core of Apolo Anton Ohno. He acquired and honed this skill over a decade of Olympic speed skating competition during which he became the most decorated US Winter Olympian of all time. Apolo continually adapts that performance mindset to support ongoing personal and professional growth. He has drawn on this acumen to become a global cross-industry entrepreneur, a successful sports broadcaster and television personality, a New York Times best-selling author, and a lifelong scholar inside and outside the university setting. Apolo harnesses these experiences to educate and inspire organizations on how to foster a sustained leadership mindset needed to overcome current business challenges.

Aaron Phillip Wolf                                
Judoka, 2018 World Judo Championship Gold Medalist

Aaron started Judo at the age of 6 at his grandfather’s suggestion. He won 3 titles the All National High School Tournament, Kinshu-Kikou High School Tournament, and the Inter-high Tournament when he was in his 2nd year at Tokaidai Urayasu High School. While pursuing his education at Tokai University in his first year, he won 7 consecutive Championships titles at the All National Judo Tournament, and won the championship at All Japan Junior Tournament, as well as taking the 3rd position at World Junior Tournament. Aaron has excellent power and stamina, and an excellent sense of choosing the right technique for the right situation. He is nearing to win in three different weight classes which historically only 8 people achieved. Aaron is a top candidate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 
David Ono (Moderator)
David Ono is the anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm, the top rated newscasts in all of Los Angeles. He also anchors Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.David joined ABC7 in 1996 and during that time has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's earthquake and Japan's tsunami.  David has produced multiple award winning documentaries, two of which have made their way to the Smithsonian Institution.

Part 2 | Speaker Profiles

John Harper
Chief Operating Officer, LA28
John Harper is a business executive with a proven record of launching new ventures and managing complex projects from start to finish. In his current role, John oversees the Games delivery plan, and the organizing committee’s internal operations, including the development and execution of the committee’s short-term and long-term strategic planning. John joined the team in June 2014 as a founding member of the bid committee.

Hidemasa Nakamura
GDO (Games Delivery Officer) / Executive Director of Sports,
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Hidemasa Nakamura was born in Switzerland and spent his childhood in Thailand and the United States. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo in 1991, he joined the Ministry of Finance.After studying at Harvard University Kennedy School, he worked at the Japanese Embassy in the United States and OECD in France. From May 2014, he moved to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, where he was responsible for planning and finance, and was involved in the formulation of the convention vision, selection of new emblems, and financial agreements. In June 2018, he assumed the position of Games Delivery Officer (GDO) and Sports Director, who oversees the organization of the Organising Committee. Responsible for preparing the tournament.

Renata Simril (Moderator)
President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation

Formed in 1985, originally as the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the LA84 Foundation (“LA84” or the “Foundation”) is a legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games. The LA84 Foundation transforms lives through its investment in youth sport programs, infrastructure, research, and education across eight Counties of Southern California, and is a national leader in elevating the role that sports play in positive youth development.

Co-presented by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Japan America Society of Southern California

About JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles

JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project with three hubs, London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, conceived by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding of Japan in the international community. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles occupies two floors at Hollywood & Highland and offers a place of new discovery that transcends the physical and conceptual boundaries creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan through its spaces and diverse programs.

Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Website: japanhousela.com

About The Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC)
The JASSC was founded in 1909 to build economic, cultural, governmental, and personal relationships between the people of Japan and America. It is the premier educational and public affairs forum on the west coast dedicated to building and strengthening the relationship between the United States and Japan. The JASSC is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable, and educational organization and are supported by 150 Japanese and American corporate members and over a thousand individual members.

Registration for both webinars can be done here: https://japanhousela.swoogo.com/Why-Resilience-Matters