2017 Annual Conference Media Registration

Members of the media interested in covering the 2017 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.

Please see the media advisory here for more information.



(Descriptions of specific sessions are available here.)





9:30am – 10:30am Morning Keynote & Plenary Session – GRAND BALLROOM

Emcee:   Tracey Doi, Group Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Welcome Remarks:   Dennis Teranishi, Chairman of the Board, U.S.-Japan Council
Keynote Addresses:  Wes Bush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation 
  Nobuchika Mori, Commissioner, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan
  Kazuhiko Toyama, Managing Partner, Industrial Growth Platform Inc. (IGPI)


11:00am – 12:15pm Morning Breakout Sessions (five concurrent panel discussions)

  • How Corporate Japan Can Contribute Further to the World Economy – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • Innovation Hubs from Silicon Valley to Kendall Square to Japan’s “Bit Valley” – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • The Future of Healthcare & Medicine: Collaboration, Innovation, Transformation – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • Answering the Call to Public Service – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • Policy Experts Forum on U.S.-Japan Current Affairs – PENN AVENUE TERRACE (LOBBY LEVEL)


12:30pm – 2:30pm Luncheon Plenary Session – GRAND BALLROOM

Emcee: Jill Nishi, Director, Strategy, Planning and Management and Chief of Staff - United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Special Remarks:  Suzanne Boda, Senior Vice President – Los Angeles, American Airlines
Keynote Address:  Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Introduction:  Kathy Matsui, Vice-Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.
Keynote Addresses:  Masayoshi Yoshino, Minister for Reconstruction, Government of Japan
  Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Panel Discussion:   Regional Relations Beyond Washington & Tokyo


2:45pm – 3:35pm Media Opportunity with Minister Masayoshi Yoshino, Minister for Reconstruction – LONGWORTH

Speakers:  Masayoshi Yoshino, Minister for Reconstruction, Government of Japan
  Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council

Ayaka Obata, Student, Tohoku Gakuin University
(Alumna of the TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program)


David Kenji Chang, Portfolio Manager, Tyvor Capital, LLC
(Alumnus of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program and the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program)


3:00pm – 4:15pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions (seven concurrent panel discussions)

  • Workforce Readiness for Today & Tomorrow – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • Developing Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • Women’s Leadership & Success on Corporate Boards – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • The Next Energy Trend for the United States & Japan – CAPITOL BALLROOM
  • U.S.-Japan International Education & the Future of Exchanges – CAPITOL BALLROOM

4:45pm – 6:00pm Closing Plenary Session – GRAND BALLROOM

Panel Discussion:  Japanese American Leaders, Movers & Shakers
Closing Remarks:  Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council

6:00pm – 8:00pm Conference Congressional Reception – CAPITOL BALLROOM






9:30am – 10:30am Presentation Showcase Plenary I – GRAND BALLROOM
                                Building Bridges through Creative Initiatives & Entrepreneurship

Emcee:  Susan Morita, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Presenters:  Yosuke Honjo, President & CEO, ITO EN (North America) INC.
  Tradition, Innovation, and Health: Pioneering a Cultural Shift
  Yuko Kaifu, President, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
   JAPAN HOUSE: New Initiative for Public Diplomacy
  Anne Keating, Vice President and Head, Clinical Science, Astellas
  Optimizing U.S. and Japanese Global Teams: Turning Innovative Science into Value for Patients Around the World
   Mai Yanagawa, Managing Director, Air Aroma Japan
   Capturing Emotion through Scent: Messages from Fukushima

11:00am – 12:00pm Presentation Showcase Plenary II – GRAND BALLROOM
                                  Bright Future: Millennial Leaders & the Cultural Seeds of Their Success

Emcee:  Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna
Speakers:  Christine Kitano, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, Ithaca College
  Joshua Morey, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, The J. Morey Company, Inc.




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