“The United States has had a Chinese American ambassador to China in Gary Locke, a Korean American ambassador to South Korea in Sung Kim, and an Indian American ambassador to India in Rich Verma but so far no Japanese American ambassador to Japan.
“The U.S. has much to gain from having an ambassador with his deep knowledge of Japan or fluency in Japanese.
“Given Joe Biden’s desire to have his administration reflect diversity and to ‘look like America,’ it makes sense to appoint the first Japanese American to be U.S. ambassador to Japan, especially since we have already had a Chinese American ambassador to China, a Korean American ambassador to South Korea, and an Indian American ambassador to India.
“But an appointment of Glen Fukushima would be more than symbolic because of his profound knowledge of and experiences in Japan.
From 1990 to 2012, Fukushima was based in Tokyo as a senior executive with several major multinational corporations, including as vice president of AT&T Japan Ltd.; president of Arthur D. Little Japan; president and CEO of Cadence Design Systems Japan; president and CEO of NCR Japan; and president and CEO of Airbus Japan.