2018 / Little Tokyo Service Center to hold seminar on corporate social responsibility in Torrance, April 30

Little Tokyo Service Center will hold a seminar, “Community Building: Nikkei Businesses and Corporate Social Responsibility,” at the Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503, on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. and the program will start at 9:30 a.m. This seminar is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

The seminar will focus on Japanese and Japanese American business perspectives on corporate social responsibility and local community building. Speakers will discuss how Nikkei businesses can engage in local community building programs and activities to strengthen diverse Nikkei communities as well as to promote U.S.-Japan relations.

The event will feature an onstage interview of Mr. Takuya Hirano, president of Microsoft Japan, by Ms. Kaori Iida, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Los Angeles bureau chief.

The interview will be followed by a discussion with panelists Mr. Hirano of Microsoft Japan; Ms. Yayoi Sato, manager, International Partnerships and Client Services, Los Angeles Dodgers; Mr. Mitsuyasu Shigeta, founder and owner of the Shin-Sen-Gumi Group; and Mr. Yoichi Komiyama, CEO and chairman of Lighthouse; and moderator Ms. Iida of NHK. The panel discussion will be in Japanese with simultaneous English interpretation.

This seminar is part of the Little Tokyo Service Center’s ongoing efforts to build bridges between diverse Southern California communities, focusing on the Japanese and Japanese American communities.

Southern California is home to the largest Japanese and Japanese American population, collectively referred to as “Nikkei,” in the mainland United States. Within the Nikkei community, there are significant social, cultural and language differences between more assimilated Japanese Americans, who are descendants of pre-World War II immigrants, and the “Shin-Issei,” or post-World War II Japanese immigrants, who include naturalized American citizens, permanent U.S. residents and short-term expatriates.

Seating is limited, so RSVP and purchase your tickets soon. Tickets are $20. To RSVP and purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.ltsc.org/event/corporate-responsibility

If you prefer to order tickets by phone and pay at the door, please call Yo Wakita 213-473-1661. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Hiroko Higuchi at hhiguchi@LTSC.org

About LTSC: Little Tokyo Service Center is a social service and community development organization that has been creating positive change for the people and places in Southern California for more than 37 years. We preserve and strengthen the unique ethnic communities of our region and help people thrive. Starting with our own home in Little Tokyo, we build and strengthen communities throughout Southern California where people, culture and our collective future matter.