Governors and Business Leaders of Six Japanese Prefectures to Discuss Economic Collaboration with Silicon Valley Businesses from July 28 to 29

Palo Alto, CA – From July 28 to 29, as part of the U.S.-Japan Council’s (USJC) Governors’ Circle Initiative, USJC and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University will convene a Governors’ Meeting in Silicon Valley. Governors from the six prefectures of Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Oita, Okayama, Saga and Shizuoka will each bring a delegation of business leaders and government officials involved in bilateral economic collaboration.

These governors are interested in the state of California, particularly Silicon Valley, as a leader in the fields of IT, biomedical/healthcare, automobile technology and consumer goods. This event will serve as a catalyst for select Japanese prefectures to connect with Silicon Valley’s innovative companies, pilot projects and state-of-the-art technologies across a number of sectors, including technology licensing, market development, manufacturing agreements, investments, joint ventures and strategic partnerships.

The event will feature the following six governors of Japanese prefectures:

  • Governor of Hiroshima, Hidehiko Yuzaki
  • Governor of Shizuoka, Heita Kawakatsu
  • Governor of Saga, Yasushi Furukawa
  • Governor of Oita, Katsusada Hirose
  • Governor of Okayama, Ryuta Ibaragi
  • Governor of Fukuoka, Hiroshi Ogawa 

The program on Monday, June 28 (2:00-7:30pm), held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University, is as follows. All events except the reception are open to media coverage (simultaneous interpretation available):

2:00 - 2:15 pm: Opening Remarks

2:15- 2:45 pm: Presentation by the Director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (“FSI”) on how FSI helps prefectures, Stanford and USJC collaborate

2:45 - 4:00 pm: Governors’ Panel Discussion on Prefectures’ Economic Collaboration Targets and Collaboration with Silicon Valley

4:15 - 5:15 pm: Keynote Speech by Mr. Dennis Boyle, Partner & Founding Member, IDEO: “Fostering Collaboration across Boundaries: How Stanford University helped to Create Silicon Valley”

5:15 - 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks

5:30 - 7:30 pm: Networking Reception and Sake Tasting (Media are welcome to attend as guests)

On Tuesday, June 29, we will have industry-specific breakout sessions (see the attached schedule and list of participating companies). Members of the media are welcome to attend all sessions in the morning (8:30am to 1:00pm) at Sheraton Palo Alto (consecutive interpretation available). These sessions will be on record. You are welcome to take photos, but please refrain from recording video. 

Since 2010, USJC has led an initiative to promote bilateral economic collaboration at the state (U.S.) -prefecture (Japan) level. On August 21, 2012, governors from the State of Hawaii and the prefectures of Hiroshima, Shizuoka and Saga convened in Honolulu, Hawaii to discuss regional economic collaboration in the area of clean energy, tourism and educational exchange.