Japan-Texas Economic Summit

May 7-9, 2018
Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

Overview

USJC is pleased to host the Japan-Texas Economic Summit, to be held in Houston, Texas May 7 - 9, 2018. Following the highly successful Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit in 2017, the Japan-Texas Economic Summit will bring together business leaders, investors, state and local officials, and economic development organizations from across the Lone Star State and Japan. 

Texas is a leading destination for foreign direct investment from Japan, and we will welcome government and business representatives from the Government of Japan and prefectures throughout the country to explore further opportunities to strengthen the relationship between Japan and the state of Texas. The Summit will feature keynote addresses from prominent leaders from both countries, showcase Texas cities and their economic development opportunities, and focus on topics of importance to the Japan-Texas relationship such as industry innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance, national security and more.

Join us for what will be a momentous step forward in the Japan-Texas economic partnership!

Please contact USJC Director of Partnerships & Development Akiko Otani at aotani@usjapancouncil.org for more information. 

 

 

 

In Collaboration With 

  • Borderplex Alliance
  • City of Austin
  • City of Dallas
  • City of El Paso
  • City of Houston
  • City of San Antonio
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
  • Free Trade Alliance San Antonio
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Houston First
  • Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
  • JACL Texas
  • Japan America Society Greater Austin
  • Japan America Society Greater Houston
  • Japan America Society San Antonio
  • Japan Business Association of Houston
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • McAllen Economic Development Corporation
  • Orange County Economic Development Corporation
  • Pearland Economic Development Corporation
  • Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
  • State of Texas
  • Texas Forest Country Partnership

 

Speakers

  • Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/Broker, Annoura Realty Group
  • David Bonner, Chairman and CEO, Stematix, Inc.
  • David M. Boone, President, APTIM Federal Services
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Mitsuru Claire Chino, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, ITOCHU International Inc.
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman, CityView; Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical
  • Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation; Chair of Committee on U.S. Affairs, Keidanren
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Tim Keith, President, Texas Central Partners
  • Natsumi Komatsu, Alumna, TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students Program
  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications
  • Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, TX
  • Arielle Montgomery, Senior Finance Advisor, Shell Oil Company
  • Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group
  • Peter Sakai, District Court Judge, 225th District, District Court, State of Texas
  • J. Thomas Schieffer, President & CEO, Envoy International LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin
  • David Sutton, President, Kubota Credit Corporation and Kubota Insurance
  • Eikei Suzuki, Governor of Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • Rona Tison, Executive Vice President  - Corporate Relations & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC.
  • Adela Uchida, Anchor/Reporter, CBS Austin
  • Gene Wu, State Representative, 137th District, Texas House of Representatives
  • Tetsu Yamada, President and Representative Director, Taito Corporation

 

Conference Schedule 

Monday, May 7    
     
12:00pm-onward   Conference Registration
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Prefunction Area
     
6:00pm-8:00pm   Welcome Reception
Harris Room (Level 2)

Hosted by the State of Texas. Visiting officials and
prefectural delegations from Japan will be honored.
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (chair)
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region,
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman, CityView; Former
    U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
     
7:30pm-onward   Sponsors Dinner (by invitation only)
Location TBD

A private dinner for sponsors and VIP dignitaries. 
     
Tuesday, May 8    
     
7:30am-9:00am   Breakfast
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salon C
     
9:00am-10:30am   Morning Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Welcome, Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses
  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications (emcee)
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (chair)

Plenary Panel Discussion - Open for Business: Opportunities
for Japanese Companies in Texas

  • J. Thomas Schieffer, President & CEO, Envoy International
    LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan (moderator)
  • Mitsuru Claire Chino, Executive Vice President and Chief
    Administrative Officer, ITOCHU International Inc.
  • David Sutton, President, Kubota Credit Corporation and
    Kubota Insurance
     
10:30am-11:00am   Break
     
11:00am-12:15pm   Breakout Sessions (4 concurrent panel discussions)
Meyerland, Briargrove, Kingwood, Montrose Rooms (Level 3)

Security & Defense: Texas' Role in Supporting the U.S.-Japan
Alliance
  • David M. Boone, President, APTIM Federal Services
    (moderator)
Energy & Environment: Japan and Texas – Leaders in the Age of
Renewable Energy

Healthcare & Medical: Medical Innovation Hubs Solving U.S.-Japan
Health Issues

Education & Workforce Development: Texas-Japan Partnerships
Preparing the Workforce of the Future
  • Adela Uchida, Anchor/Reporter, CBS Austin (moderator)
     
12:15pm-12:30pm   Break
     
12:30pm-2:15pm  

Luncheon Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

  • Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, 
    Toyota Motor Corporation; Chair of Committee on U.S. Affairs,
    Keidanren
  • Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
     
2:15pm-2:30pm   Break
     
2:30pm-3:30pm   Plenary TED Talks (3 to 4 total speakers)
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB
  • Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/Broker, Annoura Realty Group
  • David Bonner, President and CEO, Stematix, Inc.
  • Tim Keith, President, Texas Central Partners
  • Tetsu Yamada, President and Representative Director,
    Taito Corporation
     
3:30pm-3:45pm   Break
     
3:45pm-4:45pm   Plenary Panel Discussion 
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Looking Abroad: Business Expansion Opportunities in Japan
     
4:45pm-5:00pm   Break
     
5:00pm-6:00pm   Regional Economic Development Presentations
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Economic development presentations and
previews of hospitality suites
     
6:00pm-10:00pm   Regional Hospitality Rooms
Meyerland A & B; Briargrove A & B; Kingwood A & B;
River Oaks A, B & C, Montrose A & B (Level 3)

Rooms hosted by cities across the State of Texas and
sometimes including their sister cities in Japan.
Food and beverage will be provided. 
  • Austin, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Golden Triangle and Rockport Area, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • McAllen, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Forest Country Partnership (East Texas)
     
Wednesday, May 9    
     
7:30am-9:00am   Breakfast & Business Networking (Subject Matter Expert &
Regional Economic Development Council Tables)
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salon C
     
9:00am-10:30am   Morning Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses
  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications (emcee)
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (chair)
Plenary Panel Discussion - Industry Innovation & Collaborations:
The Texas-Japan Connection
  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group (moderator)
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced
    Computing Center at University of Texas in Austin
     
10:30am-11:00am   Break
     
11:00am-12:30pm   Closing Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Plenary Panel Discussion - Japan-Texas Culinary Exchanges
  • Rona Tison, Executive Vice President  - Corporate Relations
    & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC. (moderator)
USJC Building the Future
  • Natsumi Komatsu, Alumna, TOMODACHI Sumitomo
    Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @
    Rice University for Female Students Program
  • Arielle Montgomery, Senior Finance Advisor, Shell Oil
    Company
  • Peter Sakai, District Court Judge, 225th District, District
    Court, State of Texas
  • Gene Wu, State Representative, 137th District, Texas House
    of Representatives
Closing Remarks
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
     
1:30pm-onward   Optional Offsite Tours
  • Daikin Texas Technology Park
  • NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Additional locations TBD

 

 

Registration Fees

Please sign up by March 31, 2018 to receive the early bird registration discount:
USJC Members & Collaborating Organizations: $290
General Registration: $350

Rates beginning April 1, 2018: 
USJC Members & Collaborating Organizations: $350
General Registration: $400

 

Hotel

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

$209/night discount rate is available until April 16 for those who register for the summit. 

 


Sponsorship

For information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please click here. For information about hosting a Hospitality Meeting Room, please click here

 

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