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Mr. Michael Bosack, who participated in “2012 Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program” (2/3/2012-10/3/2012) offered his comments on his participation in the program

Mr. Michael Bosack, International Program Manager of Sparta Inc. from Colorado Springs participated in the “2012 Japanese American Leadership Delegation program” sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. 
10 Japanese American leaders from the U.S. were selected and visited Japan from March 2 – 10. Mr. Bosack shares the impression of his visit with us as follows: 

“I was very honored to be chosen to be part of the 2012 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. The 2012 Delegation met with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, members of the Japanese parliament and business entities, including Keidanren, Keizai Doyukai and Forum 21. 

Prior to meetings in Tokyo, the delegation visited the Tohoku region, where we toured the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami with representatives from nongovernmental organizations involved in the recovery efforts.
I was most impressed by the young people in the Tohoku region whose spirit and strength in the aftermath of so much tragedy was truly inspiring. 
I believe that the future of Japan will be secure with this kind of determination to rebuild and move forward 
The massive scale of the devastation we saw was shocking. My heart was full of pain for those people who lost their lives, lost their family members, and lost nearly everything.
I have come back to the U.S. determined to encourage the American people to continue to assist Japan in rebuilding and revitalizing the disaster stricken areas. 
I plan to work with the US-Japan Council on the Tomodachi Initiative, a public-private partnership that supports Japan's recovery from last year's disaster and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties, and deepen the friendship between the two countries over the long term. 

My journey to Japan was extremely helpful to deepen my understanding on the current foreign policy, society and culture of Japan.
I will draw on the knowledge and experience I gained from this opportunity to contribute to strengthening the U.S.-Japan relations by actively supporting the activities of the Consulate General of Japan in Denver, the Japan America Society and the Japanese American community.” 

Mr. Michael Bosack

As Manager of International Programs at Sparta Inc., Mr. Michael Bosack is a senior advisor under contract to the Missile Defense Agency for U.S.-Japan Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) cooperation working with the U.S. and Japanese governments, military and industry on BMD interoperability, integration and operational planning. Mr. Bosack served in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Colonel. He is a member of the Japanese American Veterans Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado. Mr. Bosack attended the Japan National Institute for Defense Studies and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Command and General Staff College. He received his M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prefecture in Japan of ancestral origins: Kanagawa.