JBA 60th Anniversary Online Event Held

The Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA) held an online event on March 12, 2021 (Friday) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding.

On the day of the event, Foreign Minister Motegi delivered a video message saying, "I am very grateful for the great contributions that the JBA has made in strengthening cooperation with Japan and Southern California and, for the future, in tackling global issues such as the realization of a hydrogen-based society. I am very pleased that this contribution has led to the strengthening of relations between Japan and California at the grassroots level, and I look forward to the continued role of JBA as a bridge between Japan and the United States. "

In addition, Congressman Mark Takano, Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, and Representative of the Japanese Government Masaharu Kohno, also congratulated the JBA for its contributions to the region.
Mr. Stephen Cheung, President of the World Trade Center Los Angeles, gave a presentation on the effects of JBA's activities, such as the fact that the amount of investment from Japan to southern California and California statewide is the highest from any nation.

In addition, joining in a panel discussion with Consul General Muto, with compliments to the JBA for their activities and pleasure in being able to join the celebration, were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; State Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg; State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi; and Bill Allen, CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

The attendees and outline of the event are as follows.

<Opening greeting>
Yuichi Mitsumori, President of JBA

<Video message>
Foreign Minister Motegi
Mark Takano, Member of the US House of Representatives
Patrick Furey, Mayor of Torrance
Masaharu Kohno, Representative of the Government of Japan

Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center Los Angeles 

<Panel discussion>
Akira Muto, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Bob Hertzberg, California State Senate Majority Leader
Al Muratsuchi, California State Assemblymember
Bill Allen, CEO of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Yuichi Mitsumori, President, Japan Business Association of Southern California
Moderator: Yuko Kaifu, President, Japan House Los Angeles

Click here for the video message of Foreign Minister Motegi on the day: https://youtu.be/P08CVHbRsVQ

Click here for the summary version of the online event: https://youtu.be/VVm3s9yxwdE

Video message from Minister Motegi Panel Discussion broadcast of day of the event