2024 Japanese American Leadership Delegation Application Open (Deadline: Sept 15, 2023)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (the 21st delegation to Japan).

Please make sure to thoroughly read the overview and directions below. 

You must submit your application to your regional Japanese Embassy or Consulate. The Consulate General of Japan in Boston is only accepting applications from people who reside in either Connecticut (except zip codes beginning with 068 and 069), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you reside in another state, please check the list of Japanese Consulates or Embassy in the US to find the corresponding Consulate or Embassy in your region.
Deadline for application submission: Sept 15, 2023.

Individuals selected must be able to:
(1) travel to Japan from March 1 (Fri) – 9 (Sat), 2024, and
(2) attend a mandatory orientation in Los Angeles from Jan 29 (Mon) – 30 (Tues), 2024.

Required Documents:
All documents must be submitted by the above deadline in order for the application to be considered.
Please submit the following four items.

1) Resume
Please submit a resume no longer than 3 pages in length. If the following information is not included in your resume, please provide an additional attachment.

●Date of Birth
●Address – Business and Home (Specify preferred mailing address)
●Telephone – Business, Home, Cell Phone
●Email Address
●Job Title
●Job Field
●Professional Affiliations & Leadership Positions
●Community/Volunteer Affiliations & Leadership Positions
●Prefecture(s) in Japan where your ancestors originated
●Nikkei ancestry generation in U.S. (sansei, yonsei, shin-nisei, etc.)
●Prior visits to Japan if applicable (Specify year, length of stay and purpose of visit)
●Have you previously applied to the program? (Specify year)
●How did you learn about this program?
●References (Two): Preferably individuals who are knowledgeable about your experience in U.S.-Japan relations and/or your professional/community/volunteer experience.

2) Biography
Please include a short (150 word) narrative biography highlighting your career, community involvement, and education.
Examples from previous classes may be found at www.usjapancouncil.org/jald.

3) Personal Statement
Provide a brief essay (no more than three pages, attached as a separate document) addressing the following:

1. Why do you wish to participate in this program?
2. Briefly describe any prior experience you have had in U.S.-Japan relations.
3. In 2024, Japan will be preparing to welcome guests from around the world for the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, with the theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives."  How can you make a difference in the context of U.S.-Japan relations? 

4) Letter of recommendation
Please submit a recommendation letter in support of your application (limit two, additional letters will not be considered).


All information should be sent by email to:
1) Consulate General of Japan in Boston at infocul2@bz.mofa.go.jp
2) Applicants are also required to send a copy to the U.S.-Japan Council via e-mail to amurata@usjapancouncil.org.

All applicants will be notified of the results by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston, generally by the end of November.
If you have questions, please contact us at infocul2@bz.mofa.go.jp.

For more general information, contact:

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
   Ms. Jennifer Usyak, j.usyak@ls.mofa.go.jp, (213) 617-6700 x166
   Consul Aya Ishii, aya.ishii-2@mofa.go.jp, (213) 617-6700 x303
U.S.-Japan Council          
   Ms. Wendy Abe, wabe@usjapancouncil.org, (808) 271-0817 or
   Ms. Allison Murata, amurata@usjapancouncil.org, (202) 750-4030

We are looking forward to your submissions!