Irene Hirano

Born Oct 28, 1948

Irene Y. Hirano is the President of the U.S. -Japan Council, having been appointed to that position when the group was formed in 2009. Hirano focuses on building positive relations between the United States and Japan. She is also Chair of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees.… Read More

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    Fox News - Dec 17, 2012
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1948 Birth Born on October 7, 1948.


1988 39 Years Old She previously served as President and founding Chief Executive Officer of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles from 1988 to 2009, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. … Read More


2008 59 Years Old Hirano Inouye married United States Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii on May 24, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. They spent their honeymoon in Carmel. She met Senator Inouye when he served on the board of the Japanese American National Museum. The couple became engaged in January 2008. … Read More


2012 63 Years Old Senator Inouye died of respiratory failure on December 17, 2012. … Read More
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