Japan-Texas Economic Summit

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

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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!

This summit is supported by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. 

 

 

 

In Collaboration With 

  • Aichi Prefectural Government
  • Asia Society Texas Center
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce (Houston)
  • Borderplex Alliance
  • City of Austin
  • City of Chiba
  • City of Dallas
  • City of El Paso
  • City of Houston
  • City of McAllen
  • City of Plano
  • City of San Antonio
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Dallas Japanese Association
  • Free Trade Alliance San Antonio
  • The Golden Triangle Minority Business Council
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Harvard University Club of Houston
  • Houston East End Chamber of Commerce
  • Houston First
  • Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
  • JACL Texas
  • Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
  • Japan-America Society of Houston
  • Japan-America Society of San Antonio
  • Japan Business Association of Houston
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • KITAGAWA & EBERT BUSINESS LAWYERS
  • McAllen Economic Development Corporation
  • Opera in the Heights
  • Orange County Economic Development Corporation
  • Pearland Economic Development Corporation
  • Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
  • Sister Cities Houston
  • Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation - REDI
  • State of Texas
  • Texas Association of Business
  • Texas Forest Country Partnership
  • Texas International Education Consortium 
  • Texas Japan Office
  • Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
  • World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

 

Speakers

Highlighted Speakers


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Greg Abbott   Mitsuru Claire
Chino
  Henry Cisneros   Bruce Culpepper
Governor of Texas   President & CEO,
ITOCHU
International Inc.
  Founder & Chairman,
CityView; Fmr. HUD
Secretary & Mayor
of San Antonio
  President,
Shell Oil
Company
 
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Takeshi Ebisu   Shigeru
Hayakawa
  
  Shigeki Maeda   Hideaki Ohmura


President and CEO,
Goodman Global
Group, Inc. 

 


Vice Chairman
of the Board of
Directors,
Toyota Motor
Corporation;
Vice Chair,
Keidanren

 


Executive Vice
President,
Japan External
Trade Organization
(JETRO)

 


Governor,

Aichi Prefecture,
Japan

 
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Tom Schieffer    Shinsuke
Sugiyama
  Rona Tison   Sylvester Turner


Former U.S. 
Ambassador to 
Japan

 


Ambassador
Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of
Japan to the
United States of
America

 


EVP - Corporate
Relations & PR, ITO
EN 
(North America)
INC.

 


Mayor of 

Houston, TX

 

Other Speakers Include

  • Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
  • Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/ Real Estate Broker, Annoura Realty Group LLC
  • Kei Ashizawa, Attorney at Law, Kei Law
  • Marina Ong Bhargava, President and CEO, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • David F. Bonner, Vice President of Operations, Stematix, Inc.
  • David M. Boone, President, APTIM Federal Services
  • Barrett S. Caldwell, Professor, Purdue University & Jefferson Science Fellow, U.S. Department of State
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • William Cannon, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure Group, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
  • Donna F. Cole, President & CEO, Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc.
  • Jim Darling, Mayor of McAllen, TX
  • Steven J. Frank, Professor, Radiation Oncology, Deputy Division Head and Medical Director of Proton Therapy Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • William F. “Bill” Hagerty IV, U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan (video message)
  • Erik Halvorsen, Director, Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute
  • Ron Harman, Principal and Future of Work Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • H. Peter Hofstee, Senior Researcher, IBM Austin Research Laboratory
  • Andrew F. Icken, Chief Development Officer, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Houston, TX
  • Akihiko Imanishi, Senior Vice President, Miller Milling Company LLC
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Shunichi Kamiya, Deputy Mayor of Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Tim B. Keith, President, Texas Central
  • Lisa M. Kitagawa, Esq., KITAGAWA & EBERT BUSINESS LAWYERS
  • Eiji Kobayashi, Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP (Tokyo)
  • Natsumi Komatsu, Alumna, TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students Program
  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications
  • Toshiro Kudama, Senior Executive Vice President, JERA Co., Inc. & Chief Executive Officer, JERA Americas Inc.
  • Harry LaRosiliere, Mayor of Plano, TX
  • Joel Malone, Senior Manager for Japan F-35 Business Development, Lockheed Martin
  • Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, TX
  • Kenichi Mishima, Director of Tourism and Exchange Department, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Arielle Montgomery, Senior Finance Advisor, Shell Oil Company
  • Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio, TX
  • Rolando B. Pablos, Texas Secretary of State
  • Diane Probst, President/CEO, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Varun Rai, Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group
  • Jim Rich, Executive Director, Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation – REDI
  • Peter Sakai, Judge, 225th District Court, Bexar County
  • Kiichiro Sato, Mayor of Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Jennifer Staubach Gates, Council Member, City of Dallas, TX
  • William L. (Bill) Strang, President of Operations and eCommerce, TOTO USA
  • Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America
  • David Sutton, President, Kubota Credit Corporation and Kubota Insurance
  • Shinsuke Takahashi, Chairman of the Board & Head of Government Relations, NEC Corporation of America
  • Lynne D. Taschner, Energy Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Bill Tracewell, CEO, The Delta Companies
  • Motoko Uchitomi (Mizuno), Manager, Aviation Industrial Collaboration and Coordination Division, Management and Integration Department, Aeronautical Technology Directorate, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Nancy C. Windham, President & CEO, Texas Forest Country Partnership
  • Gene Wu, State Representative, 137th District, Texas House of Representatives

 

Conference Schedule 

Monday, May 7   (Please note that there will be simultaneous interpretation available
during all plenary sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday)
     
12:00pm-onward   Conference Registration
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Prefunction Area
     
6:00pm-8:00pm   Welcome Reception
Hunter's Creek (Level 3)

Hosted by the State of Texas. Visiting officials and
prefectural delegations from Japan will be honored.
  • Donna F. Cole, President & CEO, Cole Chemical &
    Distributing, Inc. (chair)
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region,
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, TX
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder & Chairman, CityView &
    Chairman of the Executive Committee & Principal,
    Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C.
  • Rolando B. Pablos, Texas Secretary of State
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
     
7:30pm-onward   Sponsors Dinner (by invitation only)
Offsite Location: Greater Houston Partnership

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)
  • Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan
    to the United States of America
  • Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President, Japan External
    Trade Organization, (JETRO)
  • Bruce Culpepper, President, Shell Oil Company

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, Managing Executive Officer, ITOCHU
    Corporation & President and CEO, ITOCHU International Inc.
  • Takeshi Ebisu, President and CEO, Goodman Global Group,
    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: National Security in the United States and
Japan
  • David M. Boone, President, APTIM Federal Services
    (moderator)
  • Joel Malone, Senior Manager for Japan F-35 Business Development,
    Lockheed Martin

Energy & Environment: Japan and Texas Today, Advances and
Opportunities in the Future (Meyerland)

  • Varun Rai, Associate Dean for Research & Associate
    Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of
    Texas at Austin (moderator)
  • William Cannon, Senior Vice President and General Manager,
    Infrastructure Group, Sumitomo Corporation
    of Americas
  • Toshiro Kudama, Senior Executive Vice President, JERA Co.,
    Inc. & Chief Executive Officer, JERA Americas Inc.
  • Lynne D. Taschner, Energy Advisor, Corporate Strategic
    Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation

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

  • Eiji Kobayashi, Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings LLP (Tokyo)
    (moderator)
  • Steven J. Frank, Professor, Radiation Oncology, Deputy Division Head and
    Medical Director of Proton Therapy Center,
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Erik Halvorsen, Director, Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute
  • Bill Tracewell, CEO, The Delta Companies

Education & Workforce Development: Texas-Japan Partnerships
Preparing the Workforce of the Future (Kingwood)

  • Ron Harman, Principal and Future of Work Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP (moderator)
  • Barrett S. Caldwell, Professor, Purdue University & Jefferson Science Fellow,
    U.S. Department of State
  • Romanita Matta-Barrera, Executive Director, SA Works
  • Motoko Uchitomi (Mizuno), Manager, Aviation Industrial Collaboration
    and Coordination Division, Management and Integration Department,
    Aeronautical Technology Directorate, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
     
12:15pm-12:30pm   Break
     
12:30pm-2:15pm  

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

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

  • Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
  • William F. “Bill” Hagerty IV, U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan
    (video message)
  • Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, 
    Toyota Motor Corporation; Vice Chair, Keidanren; Chair, Committee on U.S. Affairs,
    Keidanren
     
2:15pm-2:30pm   Break
     
2:30pm-3:30pm   Plenary Insight Talks (5 total speakers)
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB
  • Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/ Real Estate Broker, Annoura Realty Group LLC
  • David F. Bonner, Vice President of Operations, Stematix, Inc.
  • Tim B. Keith, President, Texas Central
  • Lisa M. Kitagawa, Esq., KITAGAWA & EBERT BUSINESS LAWYERS
  • William L. (Bill) Strang, President of Operations and
    eCommerce, TOTO USA
     
3:30pm-3:45pm   Break
     
3:45pm-4:45pm   Plenary Panel Discussion 
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Plenary Panel Discussion - Texas-Japan Technology Innovation:
Crossing Borders to Create the Future
  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group (moderator)
  • H. Peter Hofstee, Senior Researcher, IBM Austin Research Laboratory
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced
    Computing Center (TACC), The University of Texas in Austin
  • Shinsuke Takahashi, Chairman of the Board & Head of
    Government Relations, NEC Corporation of America
     
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

Speakers
  • Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio, TX
  • Jim Darling, Mayor of McAllen, TX
  • Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, TX
  • Harry LaRosiliere, Mayor of Plano, TX
  • Kiichiro Sato, Mayor of Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
  • Shunichi Kamiya, Deputy Mayor of Chiba City, Chiba
    Prefecture, Japan
  • Kenichi Mishima, Director of Tourism and Exchange Department,
    Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Diane Probst, President/CEO, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of
    Commerce
  • Nancy C. Windham, President & CEO, Texas Forest Country
    Partnership
  • Jim Rich, Executive Director, Southeast Texas Economic
    Development Foundation – REDI
  • Jennifer Staubach Gates, Council Member, City of Dallas, TX
  • Marina Ong Bhargava, President and CEO,
    Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew F. Icken, Chief Development Officer, Mayor’s Office of
    Economic Development, City of Houston, TX
     
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)

Attendees are welcome to visit each of these rooms hosted by cities
across the State of Texas and sometimes including their sister cities in Japan.
Food and beverage will be provided, and there will be door prize drawings for 
attendees who fill up their “passport” booklet by visiting each room.
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Golden Triangle (Beaumont, Port Arthur) and Rockport Area, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • McAllen, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation - REDI
     
Wednesday, May 9    
     
7:30am-9:00am   Breakfast & Business Networking (Subject Matter Expert &
Regional Economic Development Council Tables)
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salon C

Table Industry Topics
  • Attorney, Lobbying, Law, Immigration & Regulations
  • Business Consulting & Matchmaking
  • Business Logistics & Services
  • CPA, Tax & Accounting
  • Finance & Banking
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate, Leasing & Investments
     
9:00am-10:15am   Morning Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

Special Remarks
  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications (emcee)

Plenary Panel Discussion - Japan-Texas Culinary Exchanges

  • Rona Tison, Executive Vice President  - Corporate Relations
    & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC. (moderator)
  • Akihiko Imanishi, Senior Vice President, Miller Milling
    Company LLC
     
10:15am-10:45am   Break
     
10:45am-12:00pm   Closing Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) - Salons AB

USJC Building the Future
  • Kei Ashizawa, Attorney at Law, Kei Law (moderator)
  • Natsumi Komatsu, Alumna, TOMODACHI Sumitomo
    Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @
    Rice University for Female Students Program
  • Peter Sakai, Judge, 225th District Court, Bexar County
  • Arielle Montgomery, Senior Finance Advisor, Shell Oil
    Company
  • Gene Wu, State Representative, 137th District, Texas House
    of Representatives
Closing Remarks
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
     
1:00pm-onward   Optional Offsite Tours
  • Daikin Texas Technology Park
  • NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
  • Texas Medical Center
  • Sports Walking Tour (Minute Maid Park - Home of the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros)

 

 

Registration Fees

USJC Members & Collaborating Organizations: $350
General Registration: $400

 

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Hotel

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

The Summit will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston Hotel. If you would like to reserve a room at this hotel, please visit their website (www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houmq-marriott-marquis-houston/) or call the hotel directly at +1 (713) 654-1777 and mention the U.S.-Japan Council Japan-Texas Economic Summit (May 7-9). Parking information will be provided after registering.

 


Media

If you are a journalist interested in covering this event, please register here. (A media advisory with further information is available here.)


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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