The Fifth "Online Youth Forum" meeting

On January 27 (Alaska time), the 5th "Online Youth Forum" was held with nine high school / college student participants. Three members from the Consular Office (Mr. Aniya, Ms. Suzuki-Hovey, and Mr. Holayter) also participated.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Aniya welcomed the participants, introduced office staff members and an interpreter (Ms. Megumi Morikawa Beams), and then introduced the lecturer (Ms. Meg Inokuma). Ms. Inokuma holds the women's record for the “Front Range Link-Up” (20:55) and the “Resurrection Pass 50 Mile” (7:28:28). While working as a biometrician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, she also contributes to the community as a member of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, a volunteer group working under the state police.
Ms. Inokuma mentioned that she suffered from anemia for four years during 2015 through 2018, and she continued to have knee problems after that, but decided to participate in the races. She said that at the end of the race when she had a hard time enduring knee pain, she was surprised to receive a vocal encouragement from another participant running beside her, she was greatly impressed and, thanks to the encouragement, able to set the record. Ms. Inokuma concluded by stating that she always tries to give her best she can, rather than taking the health and opportunities given to her for granted.
The attendees asked Ms. Inokuma questions as to which races were desirable for beginners to participate, and whether she would continue to race in the future and others.
In the topic of "free discussion," attendees made remarks about how they spent their New Year's holidays, their goals for 2023, New Year's resolutions, and what they were proud of hometowns.
After introducing two videos as examples of presentations at "The Presentation" to be held on March 3, 2023, Mr. Aniya introduced "The Presentation" Participation Guidelines and prizes for excellent presentations. Click here for details of "The Presentation".
The next Online Youth Forum meeting will be held on February 24 (Alaska time). Students who wish to participate in the next forum, please contact the consular office email (
We are looking forward to your participation!
Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage