Annual Conference Programming Selection

Welcome to the U.S.-Japan Council Day II Programming Selection Page!

Deadline: October 31st

November 9 programming is open to all registrants.
On November 10, part of the programming is divided into two sections with eleven sessions.
Seven of these sessions have limited seating and will be given at a first come, first served basis.
By completing this form, you reserve a seat in the limited seating session of your choice.

For session descriptions, please see the bottom of this page.

Section I, 2:30 - 4:00pm features six concurrent sessions

Strengthening Region Economies: A Dialogue Among Governors
- The American Economy: Trends in the U.S. Investment Environment
- Successful Models for Political Leadership in U.S.-Japan Relations
- Immersion into Japan's Start Up Culture (Offsite in Shibuya)
- Kyogen (Comic Theater)*** [seating unlimited]
- Networking & Information Sessions*** [seating unlimited]

Section II, 4:30 - 6:00pm features five concurrent sessions

- Next Steps for Women's Leadership in Japan
- Philanthropy in the 21st Century
- Strengthening U.S.-Japan Relations through Cultural Diplomacy
- Silicon Valley & Japan: Building a 'Kakehashi' Bridge*** [seating unlimited]
- Networking & Information Sessions*** [seating unlimited]

***Unlimited seating sessions do not have space limitations and do not require pre-registration. If you register for a limited seating programming in Section I, you may still attend an unlimited seating session in Section II. If you register for a limited seating programming in Section II, you may still attend an unlimited seating session in Section I.  



Session Descriptions

Section 1

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.


Immersion into Japan’s Start-Up Culture

This off-site excursion offers a visit to Tech Lab Paak Shibuya, which bills itself as an Innovation Hub for IT Creators. Japanese entrepreneurs representing various stages of business will share their experiences and provide insights into the challenges and keys to success in Japan’s start-up culture, as well as the potential for U.S. connections with Japan’s new businesses. IBM will also present information on its IBM BlueHub program as a unique way to support start-up businesses in Japan.


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.


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.


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.