Japan-Texas Economic Summit Media Registration

Members of the media interested in covering the Japan-Texas Economic Summit please register here. (Please click here to see the media advisory.) Registration is complimentary for press covering the event. Interview opportunities with U.S.-Japan Council leadership and select speakers are available upon request.




MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018


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.

Remarks:   Donna F. Cole, President & CEO, Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc.
  Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, TX
  Henry Cisneros, Founder & Chairman, CityView; Former HUD Secretary; Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX
  Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
  Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council



TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018


9:00am – 10:30am Morning Plenary Session – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Welcome, Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

Emcee:   Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications
Speakers:   Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas (invited)
  Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  Bruce Culpepper, Shell U.S. Country Chair & President, Shell Oil Company
  Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America


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

Moderator:   Tom Schieffer, President & CEO, Envoy International LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Panelists:   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


11:00am – 12:15pm Breakout Sessions (four concurrent panel discussions) 

  • Security & Defense: National Security in the United States and Japan - Room TBD
  • Energy & Environment Outlook: Japan and Texas - MEYERLAND (Level 3)
  • Healthcare & Medical: Medical Innovation Hubs Solving U.S.-Japan Health Issues - BRIARGROVE (Level 3)
  • Education & Workforce Development: Texas-Japan Partnerships Preparing the Workforce of the Future - KINGWOOD (Level 3)


12:30pm – 2:00pm Luncheon Plenary Session – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

Speaker:  Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation; Vice-Chairman, Keidanren; Chairman of the Committee on U.S. Affairs, Keidanren


2:30pm – 3:30pm Insight Talks – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Speakers:   Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/Broker, Annoura Realty Group
  David F. Bonner, Vice President of Operations, Stematix, Inc.
  Tim Keith, President, Texas Central Partners
  William L. (Bill) Strang, President of Operations for the Americas, TOTO USA Inc.
  Tetsu Yamada, President and Representative Director, Taito Corporation


3:45pm – 4:45pm Plenary Panel Discussion –Texas-Japan Technology Innovation: Crossing Borders to Create the Future – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Moderator:   Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group
Panelists:   H. Peter Hofstee, Senior Researcher, IBM Austin Research Laboratory
  Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin
  Shinsuke “Shin” Takahashi, Chairman of the Board & Head of Government Relations, NEC Corporation of America


5:00pm – 6:00pm Regional Economic Development Presentations – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Mayor presentations or round table

Speakers:   Harry LaRosiliere, Mayor of Plano, TX
  Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, TX
  Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio, TX
  Shunichi Kamiya, Deputy Mayor of Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan (Sister City to Houston)
  Kiichiro Sato, Mayor of Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan (Sister City to Austin)


Economic development presentations and previews of Regional Hospitality Rooms






9:00am – 10:15am Morning Plenary Session – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Special Remarks

Emcee:  Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications 


Plenary Panel Discussion – Japan-Texas Culinary Exchanges

Moderator:  Rona Tison, Executive Vice President - Corporate Relations & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC. 
Speaker:  Akihiko Imanishi, Senior Vice President, Miller Milling Company LLC


10:45am – 12:00pm Closing Plenary Session – TEXAN BALLROOM (LEVEL 4) - SALONS BC

Special Presentation – USJC Building the Future

Speakers:  Natsumi Komatsu, TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students Program Alumna
  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
  Kei Ashizawa, Attorney at Law, Kei Law




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