Next Generation Leaders Event: Local Public Service & Global Politics

On August 3, the Consulate General of Japan and the LA Next Generation Japanese American Leaders Initiative held an event at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles - “Rising to the Call: Local Public Service & Global Politics.” The event was organized by the politics subcommittee of the Initiative and featured a panel discussion with Setagaya City Councilmember Risa Kamio (livestream from Japan) and Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Kelsey Iino, moderated by Alhambra City Councilmember Jeff Maloney.

Special guests at the event included Councilmembers Jed Leano and Henry Lo representing the Cities of Claremont and Monterey Park, Former Mayor of West Covina James Toma, and representatives and program participants of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE).

The discussion explored a range of topics in which Councilmember Kamio and Trustee Iino shared their unique experiences as women elected officials. They shared their passion for public service and their commitment to making lives better for the people they serve.  Both panelists shared their hopes to continue contributing to U.S.-Japan relations through grassroots efforts, including increased people-to-people and student exchanges between the two countries.

After the discussion, guests enjoyed networking while sampling Japanese food and sake.