2016 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference


Imagine. Innovate. Inspire. — The Silicon Valley Experience 




The 2016 Annual Conference, to be held in Silicon Valley, California from November 14 to 15, 2016, will be the seventh USJC Annual Conference.‡ 


Conference Overview

Held in the center of high-tech startups and development, this year’s Conference will be an opportunity to advance an innovative agenda in U.S.-Japan relations, exchange views among leaders about challenges and opportunities, and identify ways that the U.S.-Japan relationship can be strengthened. It will be attended by hundreds of distinguished American and Japanese leaders from all sectors, providing a unique opportunity for learning and networking. It will highlight innovation and entrepreneurship, and inspire the next generation of leaders. The venue is as follows:

November 14-15‡
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

There will also be TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders programming on November 12 and USJC members programming on November 13.



   To register, please use one of the following links according to your affiliation with USJC.

 Registrant Type:

USJC Members: Council Leaders & Friends of the Council - English | Japanese 
USJC Members: Associates (members age 40 years & under) - English | Japanese
USJC & USJC-J Board of Directors - English | Japanese
USJC & USJC-J Board of Councilors - English | Japanese
General Public (non-members) - English | Japanese
Young Professionals (non-members age 40 years & under) - English | Japanese 


 USJC Corporate Partners & Annual Conference Sponsors

A registration message and link will be emailed to you. If you do not receive it, please contact Dana Fager, Development Coordinator at dfager@usjapancouncil.org or +1-202-223-6842.



Featured Speakers

Our featured speakers this year include:

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Hiroaki Nakanishi

Peter Schwartz

Brad Smith

Hiroko Kuniya

Executive Chairman
Hitachi, Ltd.

Senior Vice President,
Strategic Planning

President & CLO
Microsoft Corporation



Discussion Topics

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
A discussion on the current state of planning for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and how major sponsors and corporations are supporting the Games.

Artificial Intelligence
A discussion on collaborations between U.S. and Japanese companies on artificial intelligence and its benefits to society.

Design Innovation and Thinking
A session on how design innovators are utilizing multidisciplinary thinking and the latest technology to tackle some of greatest challenges facing the United States and Japan.

Education Roundtable
A roundtable discussion on educational issues of importance in U.S.-Japan relations.

Financial Technology
A discussion on new financial startup companies, how they are making financial services more efficient through technology and the impact on financial systems and corporations in the United States and Japan.

Japanese American Leaders, Movers and Shakers
An engaging dialogue among trailblazing and accomplished Japanese American leaders, movers and shakers.

Japanese Prefectures Pitching Session
“Hidden Gems Showcase” – Companies from five Japanese prefectures will demonstrate products, services and/or ideas to conference attendees.

Leadership Innovation in Crises: Lessons from 3.11
Leadership lessons learned from the two phases of TOMODACHI: the military’s OPERATION Tomodachi and the TOMODACHI Initiative.

Medical and Health Technology Innovations
A discussion on advances in medical and health technology and how U.S.-Japan collaborations are approaching the current challenges and opportunities.

Paper Lanterns Documentary
A film screening for the documentary, Paper Lanterns, about a Japanese man tracking the stories of 12 American POWs who were killed during the bombing of Hiroshima in WWII.

Paper Lanterns Discussion
A Q&A session with a member of the film’s production team.

Politics Beyond the 2016 U.S. Elections
A discussion on the results of the Nov. 8 U.S. elections and the anticipated impact on U.S.-Japan relations across multiple sectors.

Silicon Valley & The Japanese Market
A discussion on the importance of the Japanese market to Silicon Valley companies and how they are gaining entry and success.

Silicon Valley Demo Session
Silicon Valley companies supporting the Annual Conference will demonstrate products, services and/or ideas to conference attendees.

The Silicon Valley Experience
A discussion on the “Silicon Valley Way” and opportunities for U.S.-Japan collaboration and investment.

Technology and Disasters
A session on innovative technology utilized in disaster preparedness, response and recovery to be more efficient and effective.

Overcoming Adversity: Stories by TOMODACHI Alumni
A session dedicated to the TOMODACHI Initiative, possibly including a focus on current programs and/or alumni.

Women in Elected Politics
A session on the impact of women in elected politics in the Silicon Valley area and beyond, and initiatives to bolster their inclusion

Women’s Leadership in the Workplace
A discussion on innovative thinking about creating opportunities for women to thrive in the workplace, with examples from the United States (e.g., Silicon Valley) and Japan.

Young Professionals Workshop
A session organized by and for Young Professionals attending the Annual Conference to engage each other on U.S.-Japan issues important to millennials today.


Conference Schedule

*  indicates sessions open to the General Public. All other sessions are by invite only. A more detailed schedule can be viewed during registration.

Saturday, November 12:    TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program
Sunday, November 13:    USJC Board of Directors Meeting
  USJC Members Day
  *Networking Dinners*
Monday, November 14:    USJC Board of Councilors Meeting
  *Public Symposium - Breakfast, Plenary & Breakout Sessions, Lunch, and Reception*
  2016 Annual Conference Sponsors' Dinner
Tuesday, November 15:    USJC Business Networking Initiative
  *Public Symposium - Coffee, Breakout Sessions, Offsite Visits*



   Early Bird (5/15 - 6/30)  Regular (7/1 - 9/30)  Final Call (10/1 - 10/31)

 USJC Associates
 Young Professionals (non-members age 40 & under) 




 USJC Board of Councilors
 USJC Board of Directors
 USJC Council Leaders
 USJC Friends of the Council
 USJC Corporate Partners 




 General Public (non-members)





Hotel & Travel

Our special conference rate at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara is now sold out. If you have not made your hotel booking, you may still book the Hyatt at a higher rate, or you may book one of the other area hotels that are still offering USJC special conference rates.

Please find more details from the links below:

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Other Area Hotels

American Airlines is the official airline of the U.S.-Japan Council. Please follow this link to make your airline reservations. 



If you are a journalist interested in covering the 2016 Annual Conference, please see the media advisory here. (Media registration is available here.) If you have further questions, please contact Shiori Okazaki, Communications Manager at press@usjapancouncil.org or +1-202-223-6843.


Contact Us

For general questions about the 2016 Annual Conference, please contact Shane Graves, Director of Program Development at sgraves@usjapancouncil.org or +1-202-223-6855.

We look forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley in November!



The 2016 USJC Annual Conference is made possible by our generous sponsors. To learn about sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Conference and other USJC events, please contact Dana Fager, Development Coordinator at dfager@usjapancouncil.org or +1-202-223-6842.



















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