2016 Annual Conference Media Registration

Members of the media interested in covering the 2016 USJC Annual Conference please register here. Registration is complimentary for press covering the event. Interview opportunities with U.S.-Japan Council leadership and select speakers are available upon request.

The media advisory about the 2016 Annual Conference is available here.

 

OVERALL SCHEDULE

(Descriptions of specific sessions are available here.)

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016

9:30am – 11:00am Morning Keynote & Plenary Session – GRAND BALLROOM (1F)

Emcee:   Tasha A. Yorozu, Co-Chair, 2016 Annual Conference Silicon Valley Host Committee
Welcome Remarks:   Norman Y. Mineta, Vice Chair, Board of Councilors, U.S.-Japan Council; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council 
Keynote Addresses:  Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.
  Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Panel Discussion:  The Silicon Valley Experience

 

11:30am – 12:45pm Morning Breakout Sessions (four concurrent panel discussions)

  • Design Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – MAGNOLIA ROOM (2F)
  • Leadership Innovation in the 3.11 Crisis – WINCHESTER ROOM (2F)
  • U.S.-Japan Artificial Intelligence Innovation – STEVENS CREEK ROOM (2F)
  • Transforming a Nation: The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – LAWRENCE/SAN TOMAS/LAFAYETTE ROOM (2F)

1:00pm – 2:30pm Luncheon Plenary Session – GRAND BALLROOM (1F)

Special Remarks:  Suzanne Boda, Senior VP, American Airlines
  Margot Carrington, Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Tokyo 
   Masaharu Kohno, Special Representative for the Middle East and Europe & Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace, Government of Japan; Senior Advisor to the TOMODACHI Initiative 
Keynote Address:  Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Salesforce

 

2:30pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions (four concurrent panel discussions)

  • Silicon Valley Success Stories in Japan – MAGNOLIA ROOM (2F)
  • The Road to Biomedical Revolution through Silicon Valley – WINCHESTER ROOM (2F)
  • Women’s Advancing Leadership in the Workplace and the World – STEVENS CREEK ROOM (2F)
  • FinTech: The Algorithmic Disruption in an Era of Computing Abundance—Silicon Valley and Japanese Perspectives – LAWRENCE/SAN TOMAS/LAFAYETTE ROOM (2F)


4:30pm – 6:00pm Closing Plenary Session – GRAND BALLROOM (1F)

Closing Remarks:  Masaaki Tanaka, Vice Chair, Board of Councilors, U.S.-Japan Council
   Daniel I. Okimoto, Co-Chair, Silicon Valley Japan Platform
Panel Discussion:  Japanese American Leaders, Movers and Shakers



6:00pm – 7:30pm Conference Reception – CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM B2-B5 (1F)

Special Remarks:  Dennis Y. Teranishi, Chairman of the Board, U.S.-Japan Council
  Paul Yonamine, Chair, Board of Councilors, U.S.-Japan Council

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016

9:00am – 10:30am Breakout Session I (four concurrent sessions)

  • Silicon Valley Demo Session – MAGNOLIA ROOM (1F)
  • Disaster and Technology: Perspectives from the Field – CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM M1 (1F)
  • Promising Educational Practices in U.S.–Japan Relations – CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM M2 (1F)
  • Paper Lanterns Documentary Screening & Discussion – CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM M3 (1F)


11:00am – 12:00pm Breakout Session II (four concurrent sessions)

  • Hidden Gems Showcase – MAGNOLIA ROOM (1F)
  • Overcoming Adversity: Stories by TOMODACHI Alumni – CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM M1 (1F)
  • Building Bridges -- Not Barriers – CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM M2 (1F)
  • New Paths for Nikkei Women: Elective Politics– CONVENTION CENTER: MISSION CITY BALLROOM M3 (1F)

 

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