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Conference Schedule 

(Schedule subject to change) 

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

5:30pm – 7:30pm             Conference Reception – BALLROOM (B2F)

Special Remarks: Hon. Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Japan


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:

- Kyogen (Comic Theater) – NOH THEATER (B2F)
- Networking & Information Sessions – CELESTE, LUNARE & SOLARE ROOMS (39F)
- 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)

Experiential Programming

- Networking & Information Sessions – CELESTE, LUNARE & SOLARE ROOMS (39F)

7:00pm -                        “Tastes of Tokyo” Dinners – (PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED)


Below is a complete schedule, including Members's programming, TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program programming, the TOMODACHI Summit and more!

Date All Registrants Select Registrants
Saturday, November 7
- Pre-Conference Programming

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
TBD evening - Orientation & Dinner

Sunday, November 8
- Pre-Conference Programming

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
10:00am - 7:30pm: TOMODACHI Generation Summit
TBD evening - Joint ELP Dinner & Networking

TOMODACHI Generation Summit
Sophia University
10:00am: Morning Session
12:00pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm: Afternoon Session

TOMODACHI Generation Summit Reception
Sophia University
5:30pm - 7:30pm: Reception

Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Reunion Dinner
Tsukiji Itadori Restaurant
7:00pm: Dinner

Monday, November 9
- Annual Conference Opening Day & Members Activities

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
TBD morning - Sponsor & Board Discussion, Orientation Continued

USJC Board of Councilor Activities
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
8:30am - 9:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast (optional)
9:00am - 10:00am: Board of Councilors Meeting

Annual Conference Sponsor Activities
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
10:15am - 11:15am: Special Program: "Insider's View" on Current Issues in U.S.-Japan Relations
11:30am - 1:00pm: Sponsors Luncheon

USJC Member Activities
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
7:30am - 9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast (optional)
8:30am - 9:15am: Members Orientation & Update
9:30am - 11:00am: Members Programming
     USJC Regional Programs 2015 Report and 2016 Planning
     Roundtable Discussion: Teaching about the Japanese American Experience in Japan and in the United States

Opening Symposium
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
2:00pm - 3:15pm: Plenary Session on Business, Economics and Global Leadership: Part I
3:45pm - 5:00pm: Plenary Session on Business, Economics and Global Leadership: Part II
5:30pm - 7:30pm: Conference Reception 

 Tuesday, November 10
- Annual Conference Public Symposium

All-Day Symposium
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
7:30am - 9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast (optional)
9:00am - 10:15am: Keynote Plenary Session
10:45am - 12:00pm: Featured Plenary Program
12:30pm - 2:00pm: Luncheon Plenary Session
2:30pm - 4:00pm: Breakout Session I (Offsite: IBM Shibuya Session)
4:30pm - 6:00pm: Breakout Session II
7:00pm - "Tastes of Tokyo" Dinners (optional, offsite, additional cost)


Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)
TBD evening - Dinner & Wrap-Up/Debrief

 Wednesday, November 11 & Beyond
- Select Side Events for USJC Members

USJC Board of Director Activities
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
8:00am - 9:30am: Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting

Silicon Valley-Japan Project / Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation
New Otani Garden Court
9:45am - 11:00am: SVJP-RJIF Meeting

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) (Wednesday - Thursday)
TBD - Alumni Meetings & Group Dinners

Tohoku Two-Day Trip (Wednesday - Thursday, optional, additional cost)


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