The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) continued its successful Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program, which commenced on Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31, 2018 in Honolulu. The program, which was created with the Hiroshima Prefecture Government, comprised of participants both from Honolulu and Hiroshima. The same group will continue the Program in Hiroshima from February 4 through February 8, 2019.
The 2018-2019 Program featured a variety of speakers, including HJCC Members Manabu Asaoka (Morning Hill Foods, LLC dba Mana Bu’s / Mana Lei Clothing), Dr. Dennis Ogawa (UH Manoa & Nippon Golden Network), and Ryoichi Koga (Sanikleen Corporation USA). Program participants also went to on-site visits, including Hawaii Coffee Company, Foreign Trade Zone No. 9, and the Kahauiki Homeless Family Shelter in Sand Island. The Program concluded with a visit to Governor David Ige’s Office (pictured above).
“The Hawaii portion of the Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program greatly exceeded my expectations. I of course expected to learn about the ties between Hawaii and Japan in a business sense, but I concluded the week with a new wealth of knowledge about the deeply rooted history between us that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years,” commented Jessica Tronoski, one of this year’s Hawaii participants. Rachel Fukumoto, another Hawaii participant, also reflected on the opportunity to connect back to her personal roots through the Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program:
I’ve been taught, ‘Never forget your roots.’ But the truth is, I’d been on the verge of doing just that.
My family first arrived in Hawai‘i back in the 1890s. We made a life here in the islands through the generations and leaned on the work ethic and strong family bonds passed on from our Japanese ancestors. I immediately recognized the Hawai‘i-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders program for its profound significance; a rare chance to reconnect with my family’s origins in Hiroshima with the goal of soaking up the host culture, business knowledge and innovative ways of thinking. This has and will be an opportunity of a lifetime to grow as a member of the local and global community.
This program was created as part of the Sister-State agreement between Hawaii and Hiroshima.
- The primary objectives of the Program are the following:
- Improve leadership competency and commitment
- Build cross-country relationships which will continue to become long-term relationships
- Learn the impact Japanese culture has had on Hawaii
- Learn and share the Japanese and Hawaii values
- Seek next-generation leaders in Hawaii and Hiroshima who are likely to drive change in their organizations and communities in the future
The Hawaii participants selected were the following:
Mr. Casey Ching, Vice President – Corporate Properties, Servco Pacific Inc.
Ms. Rachel Fukumoto, Energy Advisor, Hawaii Energy / Leidos
Mr. Jeremy Imai, Business Development Manager, Atlas Insurance Agency
Mr. Brandon Kamigaki, Sales Manager, Servco Pacific Inc.
Mr. Michael Lam, Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies, Inc.
Ms. Tiffany Mitani, Corporate Recruiter, Bank of Hawaii
Mr. Samuel Monaghan, Owner, SAM, LLC.
Mr. Doug Shimokawa, Senior Vice President, Pacxa
Ms. Jessica Tronoski, Senior Integrated Marketing Manager, PacRim Marketing Group, a Vector Inc. Group Company
Ms. Tina Tsuchiyama, Associate, Carlsmith Ball LLP