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Confirmed Keynote & Panel Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, Japan (invited)
  • Hon. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Mr. Nobuyuki Hirano, President & Group CEO, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
  • Dr. Koji Murofushi, Sports Director, The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Ms. Sandra E. Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
  • Dr. Gill Pratt, Executive Technical Director, Toyota Motor Corporation

Program and Panel Speakers

  • Hon. Shuichi Abe, Governor, Nagano Prefecture
  • Mr. Andy Anderson, Co-Chair, Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
  • Hon. Hiroyasu Ando, President, Japan Foundation
  • Ms. Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Ms. Margot Carrington, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Embassy of the United States in Japan, U.S. Department of State
  • Ms. Junko Chano, Executive Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
  • Ms. Donna Cole, CEO & President, Cole Chemical and Distributing, Inc.; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Ms. Aiko Doden, Senior Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Ms. Royanne K. Doi, Vice Chair, U.S.-Japan Council & Corporate Chief Ethics Officer, Prudential Financial Inc. - Japan Representative Office
  • Mr. Daniel Fujii, President, Trust Capital Co., Ltd.; Member, USJC
  • Mr. Todd Guild, Director Emeritus, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Hon. Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, Colorado
  • Mr. Terry Hara, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department (Retired); Member, USJC
  • Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Member, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Mr. Ernest Higa, Chairman & CEO, Higa Industries Co., Ltd.; Wendy’s Japan LLC; K.K. Higa Investments; Director, JC Comsa Corporation; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Mr. James Higa, Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation; Mentor in Residence, Index Ventures; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Hon. David Y. Ige, Governor, State of Hawaii
  • Mr. Frederick H. Katayama, Anchor and Producer, Thomson Reuters; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Hon. Heita Kawakatsu, Governor, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Mr. Takayuki Kawashima, Board Member, Fathering Japan; President, Mitsui & Co., Logistics Partners Ltd.
  • Hon. Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Japan
  • Hon. Masaharu Kohno, Special Advisor to the Government of Japan
  • Mr. Tim Latimore, Country Executive for Japan, Bank of America Group
  • Ms. Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; Member, USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors
  • Mr. Colbert M. Matsumoto, Executive Chairman, Island Insurance Company, Ltd; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Hon. Norman Y. Mineta, President & CEO, Mineta & Associates, LLC; Vice Chairman, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women; Member, USJC
  • Ms. Debra Nakatomi, President, Nakatomi & Associates
  • Hon. Yasuhide Nakayama, State Minister for Foreign Affairs; Member, House of Representatives, Japan
  • Ms. Yoko Narahashi, President, United Performers' Studio; Producer, Director, Casting Director, Lyricist
  • Mr. Takeshi Niinami, President, Suntory Holdings Limited; Member, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Mr. Masi Oka, Producer, Actor, Writer, and Director; President, Mobius Productions
  • Ms. Merle Aiko Okawara, Chairman, JC Comsa Corp.
  • Dr. Daniel Okimoto, Director-Emeritus, Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University; Chairman, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Mr. Sreenivas Ramaswamy, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Amb. John V. Roos, CEO, The Roos Group
  • Ms. Susan H. Roos, Chief Administrative Officer, Geodesic Capital; Member, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Dr. Sadayuki Sakakibara, Chairman, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation); Chief Senior Advisor, Chief Senior Counselor, Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Mr. Hiroshi Senju, Painter
  • Mr. Yoshinobu Shigeyama, President, Chuzaburo Kyogenkai
  • Mr. So Taguchi, Baseball Commentator
  • Ms. Linda Taira, Senior Manager, Communications, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company
  • Hon. Mark Takai, U.S. House of Representatives, State of Hawaii; Member, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Mr. Masaaki Tanaka, Senior Advisor, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; Vice Chairman, USJC Board of Councilors
  • Mr. Dennis Teranishi, Chairman of the Board, U.S.-Japan Council & President & CEO, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR)
  • Mr. Futoshi Toba, Mayor, Rikuzentakata
  • Dr. William Tsutsui, President, Hendrix College; Member, USJC
  • Mr. Kelly R. Welsh, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Liz Wessel, Co-Founder & CEO, WayUp
  • Mr. Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President & CEO, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
  • Ms. Jan Yanehiro, President, Jan Yanehiro, Inc.; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Mr. Paul Yonamine, Country General Manager and President, IBM Japan, Ltd.; Member, USJC Board of Directors
  • Hon. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor, Hiroshima Prefecture

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