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Conference Agenda

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Monday, November 9, 2015

2:00pm – 5:00pm            Plenary Session on Business, Economics and Global Leadership: Part I
                                         – BALLROOM (B2F)

Emcee: Ms. Linda Taira, Senior Manager, Communications, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company

Welcoming Remarks: Mr. Dennis Teranishi, Chairman of the Board, U.S.-Japan Council & President & CEO, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR)

Keynote Addresses:

Hon. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Mr. Nobuyuki Hirano, President & Group CEO, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

Ms. Sandra E. Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

Plenary Session on Business, Economics and Global Leadership: Part II – BALLROOM (B2F)

Panel Discussion: Global Leadership through Business Innovation and Integration

Special Address: Mr. Futoshi Toba, Mayor, City of Rikuzentakata

Closing Remarks: Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

9:00am – 10:15am            Keynote Plenary Session – BALLROOM (B2F)

Emcee: Ms. Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Special Remarks: Dr. Sadayuki Sakakibara, Chairman, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) & Chief Senior Advisor and Chief Senior Counselor, Toray Industries, Inc.

Keynote Addresses:

Dr. Koji MurofushiExecutive Board Member and Sports Director, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Dr. Gill Pratt, Executive Technical Adviser, Toyota Motor Corporation

10:45am – 12:00pm            Featured Plenary Program – BALLROOM (B2F)

Emcee: Ms. Jan Yanehiro, President, Jan Yanehiro, Inc.

Special Address: Hon. Norman Mineta, President & CEO, Mineta & Associates, LLC; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Panel Discussion: The Japanese American Experience: From Internment to Leadership, A Seventy- Year Journey

12:30pm – 2:00pm            Luncheon Plenary Session – BALLROOM (B2F)

Emcee: Ms. Debra Nakatomi, President, Nakatomi & Associates

Special Remarks:

Hon. Hiroyasu Ando, President, Japan Foundation

Hon. Masaharu Kohno, Special Representative of the Government of Japan for the Middle East and Europe & Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for the Middle East Peace

 Hon. Taro Kono, Head of the National Public Safety Commission; Minister for
Administrative Reform; Member, House of Representatives, Japan

Panel Discussion: Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Celebration
Closing Remarks: Ms. Royanne K. Doi, Vice Chair, U.S.-Japan Council & Corporate Chief Ethics Officer, Prudential Financial Inc. - Japan Representative Office

2:30pm – 4:00pm            Breakout Session I (six concurrent sessions)

Panel Discussions:

- Strengthening Regional Economies: A Dialogue among Governors – ASAGIRI ROOM (B2F)
- The American Economy: Trends in the U.S. Investment Environment – SHIROTAE ROOM (B2F)
- Successful Models for Political Leadership in U.S.-Japan Relations – YAYOI ROOM (B2F)

Experiential Programming:

- Immersion into Japan’s Start-Up Culture – TECH LAB PAAK @ SHIBUYA (OFFSITE)

4:30pm – 6:00pm            Breakout Session II (five concurrent sessions)

Panel Discussions:

- Silicon Valley & Japan: Building a ‘Kakehashi’ Bridge – BALLROOM (B2F)
- Next Steps for Women’s Leadership in Japan – ASAGIRI ROOM (B2F)
- Philanthropy in the 21st Century – SHIROTAE ROOM (B2F)
- Strengthening U.S.-Japan Relations through Cultural Diplomacy – YAYOI ROOM (B2F)


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