This year marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan exchange through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and we, JAC-US, is leading a two-year program, "IVLP Alumni INNOVATION: Connecting Emerging Leaders to Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Partnership", a two-year program funded by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo.
"IVLP Reception Nagoya”, held at the residence of the Principal Officer, Matthew Cenzer at the U.S. Consulate Nagoya, was the very first event of the program. Alumni from Tokai region who visited the U.S. between 2008 and 2023 were invited to share their experiences and discuss "what can be done by IVLP Alumni in Tokai".
This was the first time that IVLP alumni, who are active on the front lines of various fields such as law, education, security, women's activism, LGBTQ+, journalism, entrepreneurship, and so on, gathered together in this way.
In addition, seasonal Japanese cuisine, American beverages, and jazzy live music added to the lively inter-industry discussions.
It would be wonderful if we alumni, who have been given the invaluable opportunity of IVLP, could come together and pay forward to the society of the future generation.
After the New Year, we will hold IVLP Reception Tokyo. We are looking forward to meeting many more IVLP alumni.
Finally, we would like to thank the U.S. Consulate Nagoya for hosting us, and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo for their full support of JAC-US activities.