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Irene Hirano Inouye

President, U.S.-Japan Council

Irene Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.–Japan Council, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between the United States and Japan. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for twenty years. A recipient of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Ms. Hirano has extensive experience in non-profit administration, community education, and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Hirano Inouye’s professional and community activities include serving as Chair and Trustee, Ford Foundation; Trustee and Immediate Past Chair, Kresge Foundation; Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Trustee, Washington Center; and Trustee, Independent Sector. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawai`i.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Closing General Session
Sybil Jordan Hampton, Ed.D., Retired President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
Masako Iino, Past President and Professor, Tsuda College
Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna
Lane Maki, Student
Greg Robinson, Ph.D., Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal


Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Topic: General Activity

Dinner Banquet with Keynote Address [VIDEO]
Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
G.W. Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.), President & Chief Executive Officer, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Gordon T. Yamate, Esq., Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum


Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Topic: General Activity