Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan

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21st DELEGATION (March 1 – 9, 2024)

The Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program provides the opportunity for a select group of Japanese American leaders from across the U.S. to travel to Japan to engage with Japanese leaders in the business, government, academic, non-profit and cultural sectors. The trip also allows Japanese leaders to gain a greater understanding of multicultural America through the experiences of a diverse group of Japanese Americans. Upon their return, delegates collaborate with JALD alumni, the local consulates, the U.S.-Japan Council and local and national community organizations to continue strengthening ties between the U.S. and Japan.


The 2024 Delegation will include senior Japanese Americans who are top leaders in their professions, have had moderate to extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations, and will be committed to furthering the U.S.-Japan relationship upon their return. The 2024 program seeks senior leaders in the field of climate change, sustainability, and energy, emerging technologies, communications and media and from local, state or regional government including appointed and elected officials. Priority will be given to candidates from areas not represented in previous delegations, with a strong commitment to collaborate with Japanese Americans nationwide. The 2024 Delegation will be the first delegation to be selected after COVID-19 and seeks to select a diverse delegation of prominent Japanese American leaders nationally.




Deadline for receipt of applications: September 15, 2023

  1. Applications should be submitted by email to the local consulate office based upon the applicant’s residence (see below for list of consulate offices). For residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, applications should be submitted to the Embassy of Japan.
  2. A duplicate copy should also be sent to the U.S.-Japan Council by e-mail to amurata@usjapancouncil.org.
For more information and to access the application form, please see the following: