This year's event coincided with the annual “Operation Rising Thunder” where Japanese and U.S. troops performed a joint-exercise. NVC Commander Brian Takeuchi, followed by Major General Willard Burleson III, Commanding General 7th Infantry Division, U.S. Army and Major General Seiji Toriumi, Vice Commanding General of 6th Division Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, welcomed everyone. Special guest speakers included Ambassador James Zumwalt (Sasakawa Peace Foundation CEO) and Mr. Adam Goff, Chairman of the Board of Japan-America Society of the State of Washington. In addition, more than 300 persons such as members of the Washington State legislature, leaders of the Japanese-American community, Nisei Veterans and their families were in attendance.
In the second half of the luncheon, Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Taiko (OKK Taiko) performed and involved participants in a traditional Okinawan folk dance called Kachashi. This event celebrated the stability of the Japan-U.S. alliance and thriving cordial relations, which made for a warm exchange between Japanese and American troops.
Remarks by Consul General Yoichiro Yamada at "Beyond Reconciliation: Celebrate Japan-US Alliance and Honor Nisei Veterans" event (September 10, 2017)