HONOLULU – A first-of-its-kind Hawaii-Japan mission of Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program (EYBLP) wrapped up its inaugural program last week with eight young business leaders from Hawaii visiting Hiroshima to learn about business and cultural practices unique to the area and Japan.
Led by Hawaii business leaders including Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) President and CEO Wayne Ishihara, the group visited a sake factory and ‘kimono experience photography studio,’ as well as other small businesses as part of the Program’s objectives to: improve leadership competency, build cross-country relationships, learn the impact Japanese culture has had on Hawaii, and share Japanese and Hawaii values.
The program—Hawaii-Hiroshima EYBLP—formally commenced in May 2017 at a kick-off held with Hawaii Governor Ige and Hiroshima Governor Yuzaki. That year, ten emerging young business leaders from Hiroshima visited Honolulu businesses and the Consulate-General of Japan and attended business seminars and workshops here with fellow members of EYBLP.
The EYBLP was created as part of the more than twenty-year-old Sister-State agreement between Hawaii and Hiroshima and endorsed by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).
“We look forward to extending the Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Leaders Program based on its success and benefits in creating business relationships,” Ishihara said.
Established in 1900, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce www.hjcc.org is one of Honolulu’s major business organizations, representing a cross-section of the city’s businesses, industries and professions. With a Pacific-wide view of business and economic development, the Chamber is committed to connecting businesses, fostering friendships and promoting mālama ka ‘āina—efforts and contributions that value our island home.