From left to right: Kish Rajan, Director of GO BIZ, Office of Governor Jerry Brown; Mrs. Midori Inomata; Consul General Hiroshi Inomata; Mayor Jean Quan; Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson; Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee; Mrs. Jongran Park; Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi.
A group of East Bay officials, business leaders and community organizations welcomed the Consuls General of Japan and Korea at an event designed to enhance cultural and economic connections between Alameda County and the two Asian countries.
The reception, held on Oct. 24 at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, was hosted by County Supervisor Keith Carson along with County Administrator Susan Muranishi, the City of Oakland, the Port of Oakland and representatives of government, business and nonprofit organizations.
Attended by more than 200 people, the reception was a formal welcome to the East Bay Consul General Hiroshi Inomata of Japan, Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee of the Republic of Korea, their families and staff.
“I remember first travelling in Asia back in 1984 when I owned an import-export company,” Supervisor Carson said. “Now as Chair of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, for a number of years I have been engaged in international business exchanges with Japan, Korea and other Asian countries.
“These exchanges are healthy—we are now an international family, which is reflected in the diversity of the residents living and doing business here in the East Bay.”
Sherry Hu, former KPIX-CBS 5 Reporter, moderated a discussion with the Consuls General, who talked about trade relations with the U.S.; opportunities for “green” technology partnerships; cultural and economic ties between the Bay Area and Korea and Japan; and Asian language study by Bay Area youth.
Sponsors of the event included over 20 East Bay corporations, businesses and community-based organizations.
More than 400 businesses are located in Alameda County, employing more than 10,000 county residents. There are a number of businesses with headquarters in Korea and Japan that employ Alameda County residents.