Ms. Susan Onuma, attorney at Kelley Drye and Warren LLP and Other Japanese American Leaders Selected to Travel to Japan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has selected ten Japanese American leaders from throughout the United States to participate in a delegation visit to Japan from March 3rd through March 9th. This year marks the twelfth delegation of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Program. From the New York area, Ms. Susan Onuma, Partner and Co-chair of the Asia Practice Group of Kelley Drye and Warren LLP and will participate in the Program.
The delegation will visit Tokyo and meet with Japanese leaders from a wide variety of arenas, including Diet representatives, Foreign Ministry officials, as well as business executives. They will also visit Sendai, one of the affected cities by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, where they will visit devastated areas and meet with people who are working for recovery and reconstruction. While in Sendai, she will also participate as a speaker at a symposium sponsored by the Center for Global Partnership on Empowering a Civil Society for the Future of Japan.
Ms. Susan Onuma has worked as an attorney helping Japanese corporations and individuals navigate their way through the U.S. legal system for 30 years. She especially enjoys and specializes in helping new business/companies get started in the U.S. and nurturing their growth. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary of the U.S.-Japan Council (DC), Corporate Secretary and legal counsel at Japan Society(New York), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Japanese American National Museum (LA) and Honorary President and board member of the Japanese American Association of New York. Ms. Onuma holds a BA from Barnard College (Columbia University) in East Asian Studies and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The goals of the Delegation Program are to improve understanding and strengthen long-term relations between Japanese Americans and Japan, develop and implement on-going strategies to expand the role of Japanese Americans in advancing U.S.-Japan relations, and develop a network of Japanese American leaders that will continue to advance long term U.S.-Japan relations, at the regional, national and international levels.
Contact for JALD and interviews for Ms. Onuma;
Consul Fumiho Suzawa Political Section, Consulate General of Japan