In Memoriam: Irene Hirano Inouye

The U.S. CULCON Panel mourns the loss of Irene Hirano Inouye, who passed away recently after a long illness.  Irene’s distinguished career and tireless efforts building and leading organizations supporting the arts, human rights and U.S.-Japan relations are extraordinary. Within the U.S.-Japan community, Irene was not only an influential advocate for people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States, but also a valuable partner.  Through her leadership of the United States Japan Council and the TOMODACHI Initiative, doors of opportunity have been opened to a next generation of leaders.  Countless organizations and individuals have benefitted from Irene’s warm hospitality, generosity and tenacity. She leaves a legacy of excellence and collaboration, and a stronger U.S.-Japan partnership. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Irene’s family, colleagues and friends.

U.S. CULCON Panelists

Chair, Mr. Harry Hill

Vice-Chair, Dr. Sheila Smith

Mr. Robert King

Dr. Edward Lincoln

Dr. Patricia Maclachlan

Dr. Deanna Marcum

Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse

Dr. T. J. Pempel

Ms. Marie Royce

Dr. Leonard J. Schoppa, Jr.

Mr. David Sneider

Mr. David R. Stilwell


Hon. Caroline Kennedy


Paige Cottingham-Streater, Secretary General

Pamela Fields

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