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Global Leadership through Business Innovation and Integration
The 21st century presents a world of growing connectivity and more open borders, and gives companies numerous opportunities and challenges in becoming more competitive and globally-oriented. This panel will feature a group of senior business executives who share insights into how innovation has been a driver of successful global expansion. They will also discuss how the integration of Japanese and American business culture, markets and practices can be harnessed to strengthen global operations.
The Japanese American Experience: From Internment to Leadership, A Seventy-Year Journey
This session will present the narrative of Japanese American (JA) history over the 70 years since the World War II era. The journey will begin by recognizing the true JA pioneers of the relationship, followed by the compelling personal story of the Honorable Norman Mineta’s experience with both internment and the redress campaign. It will conclude with an engaging dialogue among today’s leaders who represent the growing diversity of JAs committed to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations.
Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Celebration
This session will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation program, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thus far, it has brought 176 Japanese American delegates to Japan, to become acquainted or re-engaged with Japan in transformational ways. Supporters of the program will share their experiences with JALD, and a panel of program alumni will showcase the impact the program has had on U.S.-Japan relations.
Strengthening Regional Economies: A Dialogue among Governors
The USJC Governors’ Circle Initiative brings together governors from Japan and the United States to promote bilateral economic collaboration at the state-prefecture level. This panel will feature several of these Japanese governors, as well as a visiting U.S. governor, who will highlight economic challenges and commercial opportunities facing prefectural and state governments, discuss opportunities for regional economic integration between public and private sectors, and encourage innovative partnerships moving forward.
The American Economy: Trends in the U.S. Investment Environment
Japanese companies have shown a renewed interest in the United States as an investment destination. This panel will bring together business leaders and economic analysts to explain why, forecast trends, and offer insights into the evolving and dynamic investment opportunities in the United States. This discussion will encourage new avenues for U.S. and Japanese investors to collaborate and benefit from the United States’ position as a strong, viable economic power for foreign investment.
Successful Models for Political Leadership in U.S.-Japan Relations
Bringing together active political leaders from Japan and the United States, this panel will explore the future of political leadership in the relationship. Prominent elected officials will share their personal journeys, suggest ways to broaden political leaders’ engagement in the relationship, and offer advice on how to strengthen this pillar of U.S.-Japan connections. While focusing on elected leaders, the dialogue will also consider the role of an interested and engaged public.
Silicon Valley & Japan: Building a 'Kakehashi' Bridge
This panel will feature a group of renowned entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Japan, who will discuss what makes the Silicon Valley Way successful and what is needed to strengthen cooperation between Japan and Silicon Valley. The speakers will explore how to harness the tremendous potential of collaboration between diverse and dynamic innovators, funders and entrepreneurs across the Pacific, and provide insights into USJC’s Silicon-Valley Japan Project, which was launched in conjunction with Prime Minister Abe’s visit in April 2015.
Next Steps for Women's Leadership in Japan
Government and corporate experts will take stock of the progress made in Prime Minister Abe’s “Womenomics” policies, and offer concrete suggestions of how Japan can overcome hurdles to achieve its goal of advancing women’s leadership in the economy and society. The panel will also explore how companies can align with the "Womenomics" policies passed by the Diet in August 2015, assisted by collaboration among corporations, government and NPO leaders across the United States and Japan.
Philanthropy in the 21st Century
The 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have both transformed philanthropy. This panel will look at how approaches to philanthropy have evolved in the wake of these disruptive crises. Speakers from Japan and the United States will discuss various models of philanthropy, providing perspectives from both funders and non-profit organizations. What innovations have made an impact in recent years, and what ideas are there for the future of philanthropy?
Strengthening U.S.-Japan Relations through Cultural Diplomacy
Bringing together prominent figures from sports, art and the movies, this panel showcases the role cultural leaders have played to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. The panelists will share how their individual achievements have allowed them to serve as bridges between the United States and Japan, connect diverse people and communities through art and sports, and inspire others to find non-traditional ways to use their talents to advance U.S.-Japan relations.
Shibuya Offsite Program: Immersion into Japan’s Start-Up Culture
This offsite excursion offers a visit to Tech Lab Paak Shibuya, which bills itself as a Confluence and Innovation Hub for IT Creators. Japanese entrepreneurs representing various stages of business formation will share their experiences and provide insights into the challenges and keys to success in Japan’s start-up culture, as well as potential for U.S. connections with Japan’s new businesses. IBM will also present information on its BlueHub Incubator as a key way to support start-up businesses in Japan. Participants must be prepared to depart the Cerulean for the excursion immediately following the luncheon program. We apologize that venue has limited accessibility.
Kyogen (Comic Theater)
Kyogen is a prayer to the gods for bountiful harvests, and has been passed down in Japan for over 650 years. The first performance, Sanbaso, is a ritual dance where the performer wears a mask and dances spectacularly to the music in a prayer for peace. In the second performance, Fukurou, the main character, whose younger brother falls ill, visits a mountain priest to seek treatment for his brother. Will the younger brother recover? We hope you enjoy the traditional Japanese performing art of kyogen.
Networking & Information Session
Join us on the 39th floor for various networking and informational activities. This is a new conference feature based on requests for networking opportunities from attendees of past conferences. This space will offer participants the chance to connect with each other through structured or informal engagements, and share business, investment and other opportunities, all while enjoying the dramatic Shibuya skyline.
Tokyo is arguably the culinary capital of the world, and we are pleased to offer a unique dining experience for this year’s Conference attendees. “Tastes of Tokyo” dinners are being organized for small groups of 8 – 15 individuals in restaurants across the city on Tuesday evening, November 10 beginning at 7:00 pm. There is nothing better to promote friendship and people-to-people exchange than sitting across a table and sharing a meal with a fellow USJC colleague. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.
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