Japan-Texas Economic Summit

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

Overview

USJC is pleased to announce 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 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
  • JACL Texas
  • Japan America Society Houston
  • Japan America Society Greater Austin
  • Japan America Society San Antonio
  • Japan Business Association of Houston
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • McAllen Economic Development Corporation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, TX
  • Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center at University of Texas in Austin
  • 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

 

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 (emcee)
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
     
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
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (emcee)
Plenary Panel Discussion - Open for Business: Opportunities
for Japanese Companies in Texas
     
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.
     
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. 
  • 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
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (emcee)
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 - Hospitality, Food & Beverage Growth
Industries in Texas and Japan
  • Rona Tison, Executive Vice President  - Corporate Relations
    & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC. (moderator)
USJC Building the Future

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

 


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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