Governors' Meeting in Silicon Valley


U.S.-Japan Economic Collaboration at the State-Prefecture Level
Monday, July 28 (2:00 - 7:30pm) at Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University
Tuesday, July 29 (8:30am - 6:00pm) at Sheraton Palo Alto

The six governors with USJC Leadership (Photo courtesy of Kyodo News)

This July, as part of the U.S.-Japan Council's (USJC) Governors’ Circle initiative, USJC and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) convened a Japan Governors’ Meeting in Silicon Valley.  Governors from the six prefectures of Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Oita, Okayama, Saga and Shizuoka each brought a delegation of business leaders and government officials involved in economic cooperation and business development. These governors are interested in the state of California, particularly Silicon Valley, as a leader in the fields of IT, biomedical/healthcare, automobile technology, clean energy and consumer goods.  This event serves 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, cross-investments, joint ventures and strategic partnerships.

On July 28, the Plenary Session (including a panel discussion with all six governors) was held, along with a Sake Tasting & Networking Reception. July 29 consisted of an opening orientation, industry group sessions (with 4 breakout groups: IT, BioMed, Automobile and Consumer Goods) and afternoon presentations. The governors and their delegations also visited companies in Silicon Valley during their stay in California.

USJC has led the Governors’ Circle initiative to promote bilateral economic collaboration at the state–prefecture level since 2010.  On August 21, 2012, governors from Hawaii and Hiroshima, Shizuoka and Saga convened in Honolulu, Hawaii to discuss regional economic collaboration in clean energy, tourism and educational exchange.


See photos of the entire Governor's Meeting in Silicon Valley here.

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Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University