The 2016 Tomodachi Luncheon on March 24 honored former Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta and the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. In his speech, Mineta, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years, recalled advocating for redress legislation in 1987, which was eventually passed by Congress. As Secretary of Transportation for the Bush administration, Mineta issued the order to ground all civilian air traffic on September 11, 2001. He was instrumental in the creation of TSA and has been an outspoken opponent of racial profiling.
The Tomodachi Luncheon raised $78,000.