Japan & African American Community Business Networking Event

On March 14, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of International Affairs co-hosted a business networking event at the Japanese American National Museum involving the Japanese and African American communities, as part of the Japan and Black LA Initiative. The event featured special remarks by Los Angeles City Councilmember Pro Tempore Marqueece Harris-Dawson and California State University Dominguez Hills President Dr. Thomas Parham, a presentation by Los Angeles region African American young business leaders who traveled to Japan on the KAKEHASHI Project in February 2024, and introductions of Japanese environmental technologies by Takehito Yokoo of the Japan Hydrogen Forum and Wakana Uehara of Marubeni America Corporation. Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks of Loyola Marymount University, who helped launch the Japan and Black LA Initiative in 2020, served as master of ceremonies.  
As the KAKEHASHI delegation visited Los Angeles’s sister city Nagoya, established in 1959 and celebrating 65 years of friendship this year, the reception that followed the program featured Nagoya cuisine, including miso katsu (Japanese pork cutlet with miso sauce) by Sagami Restaurant and tenmusu (shrimp tempura rice ball) by Onigiri Sun. Other featured foods and beverages at the event included karaage by Tenkatori, cream puffs by Beard Papa’s, sparkling juices from Kimino, Japanese green tea by Sugimoto Tea Company, The Premium Malt’s beer by Suntory, and Dassai sake by Asahi Shuzo.

Panel Discussion Remarks by Consul General Sone
Japanese American National Museum Certificate 
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