2011 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

Friday, October 07, 2011




October 6th-8th marked the 2011 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference - INNOVATE, EDUCATE, COLLABORATE: Moving Forward the U.S.-Japan Partnership. The Washington, DC event featured remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani (Chairman and CEO, Rakuten, Inc.) and Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa (President, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited & Chairman, Keizai Doyukai).

The conference affirmed that a new paradigm for U.S.-Japan relations is evolving after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami and through collaboration and partnership, the U.S. commitment to supporting Japan remains strong. The theme and topics of the 2011 Annual Conference reflected that leaders on both sides of the Pacific are seeking innovative solutions and entrepreneurial ideas as well as enhanced cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.



Click here to download the Annual Conference program. (large file)
Click here to download the Annual Conference Report. (large file)






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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Delivers the Keynote Speech 

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9:00-10:45am Welcome and Opening Session

Mr. Thomas Iino, Chairman, U.S.-Japan Council

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Senate President Pro Tempore and United States Senator (HI)

Keynote Speech
Honorable Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State

Honorable Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Visions for the Future of Japan 
Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa, President, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited & Chairman, Keizai Doyukai
Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO, Rakuten, Inc.

Panel Session One 11:00am - 12:15pm

Education Panel One – Advancing the Study of Japanese Language

Professor William Tsutsui, Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Southern Methodist University (Moderator)
Dr. Rosalinda B. Barrera, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language Acquisition,
U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Janet Ikeda, President, Association of Teachers of Japanese & Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University
Mr. Christopher Livaccari, Director, Education and Chinese Language Initiatives, Asia Society

Economic Collaboration Panel One - Forging Clean Energy Collaborations

Mr. Erwin Furukawa, Senior Vice President Customer Service Business Unit Southern California Edison (Moderator)
Ms. Jane Nakano, Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
Mr. Osamu Onodera, Chief Representative, Representative Office in Silicon Valley, New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO), Japan
Mr. Gene Rodrigues, Director, Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar, Southern California Edison
Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Europe and the Americas, U.S. Department of Energy

NPO/NGO Sector Panel One - Developing the NGO/NPO Sector in Japan

Mr. Gary S. Moriwaki, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP (Moderator)
Ms. Mari Kuraishi, President, GlobalGiving
Mr. Kensuke Onishi, CEO, Peace Winds Japan & Chairperson, Civic Force & Director, Japan Platform
Mr. Samuel A. Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction

12:30 - 1:45pm Luncheon Session on the Japan Brand

Mr. Frederick H. Katayama, Anchor, Reuters Insider, Thomson Reuters (Moderator)
Mr. Christopher Graves, Global CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Mr. John Onoda, Senior Consultant, Fleishman-Hillard

2:00 - 3:15pm Afternoon Plenary on Moving Forward with Recovery

Mr. Frederick H. Katayama, Anchor, Reuters Insider,Thomson Reuters (Moderator)
Ms. Suzanne Basalla, Senior Advisor to Ambassador John V. Roos, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, United States Department of State
Mr. Takashi Kawamura, Chairman, Hitachi, Ltd.
Mr. Stephen Jordan, Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Business Leadership Civic Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3:30 - 5:00pm Panel Session Two

Education Panel Two: Fostering Educational Exchange

Dr. Judy Sakaki, Vice President, Student Affairs, University of California (Moderator)
Ms. Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education
Mr. Fumio Isoda, Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 
Mr. Paul Miller, Director of Global Initiatives, The National Association of Independent Schools (N.A.I.S.)

Economic Collaboration Panel Two: Jump-Starting Entrepreneurship Today

Ms. Moni Miyashita, Vice President, M&A Strategy, Investments & Relationships, IBM Corp., U.S. (Moderator)
Mr. Scott Case, CEO, Startup America Partnership
Mr. Ernest M. Higa, Chairman and CEO, Higa Industries Co., Ltd. / Wendy’s Japan LLC
Dr. Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Associate Professor, DePaul University
Mr. Allen Miner, Chairman and CEO, Sunbridge Corporation

NPO/NGO Panel Two: Exploring Social Innovation

Ms. Dianne Fukami, Co-founder & President, Bridge Media, Inc. (Moderator)
Mr. Hideyuki Inoue, Associate Professor, Keio University & Founder, Social Venture Partners Tokyo 
Ms. Shirley Sagawa, Visiting Fellow, Center for American Progress
Dr. Britt Yamamoto, Executive Director, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service




Premier Sponsors

Arnold & Porter LLC
Deloitte LLP
EADS North America
Mr. Ernest M. Higa
ITO EN (North America), Inc.
Northrop Grumman 
Sojitz Corporation

Gold Sponsors

Central Japan Railway
Cook Pine Capital, LLC
Fox Rothchild LLC
Island Insurance Co.
Miyako Hybrid Hotel
Mr. Roy Yamaguchi 
Nomura Holding America
Osaki Creative
The Northeast MAGLEV
Tokio Marine Management, Inc.