2015 / USC Asian Pacific Alumni to honor Yosuke Honjo, American president of Tokyo-based beverage company Ito En, April 10

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association awardee Yosuke Shinjo

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association awardee Yosuke Honjo

University of Southern California Asian Pacific Alumni Association will honor Ito En North America, Inc. President and CEO Yosuke Honjo, and four other prominent alumni at the 2015 USC APAA Scholarship and Awards Gala on April 10 at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena.

Yosuke Honjo MBA ’98 will receive the Leadership Award.

Honjo is president and CEO of Ito En North America, Inc., a division of Ito En Ltd., Japan, the Tokyo-based beverage company with annual sales of $4.7 billion.

He is also an advisor for Honjo International Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 40 students every year. Honjo has leadership roles in several public organizations, including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Nippon Club in New York, and is also a member of the advisory boards of the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Honjo is also an active member of the U.S.-Japan Council and is a major supporter of the Council’s Emerging Leaders Program.

In addition to Honjo, the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association will recognize four other outstanding alumni:

Rocky Seto ’99, MPA ’01, assistant head coach, defense, for the Seattle Seahawks (Leadership Award)

Sammy Lee MD ’47, the first Asian American to win Olympic gold for the United States (Legacy Award)

Debbie ’75 and Ben Wong ’73, PhD ’78, dedicated alumni volunteers and USC parents (Service Award)

The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association supports the overall advancement of the university by engaging Asian Pacific alumni lifelong and worldwide, building a culture of philanthropy, providing meaningful and relevant programs, and serving as the representative voice for the Asian Pacific alumni.