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U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

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U.S.-Japan Connections: Contributing to Growth, Security and Sustainability

October 8th-11th, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii

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USJC is proud to present the Fifth Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in October 2014. The Annual Conference brings together regional, national and international leaders from government, business, academia and non-profit sectors to discuss current issues and opportunities impacting U.S.-Japan relations. With its historical, cultural and strategic significance in the Asia Pacific, Hawaii is the perfect venue for a Conference that connects the East and West.

USJC seeks to highlight Hawaii’s unique value to Japanese and U.S. mainland businesses, including industries such as tourism and hospitality, clean energy and technology, culinary and more. Over 500 attendees are expected from throughout the United States and Japan, and will exhibit innovation and entrepreneurship that can take place through international collaboration. USJC has an active membership in Hawaii, and has held many events in Honolulu, but this will be the first Annual Conference held in Hawaii. The Conference will showcase Hawaii leaders in breakout sessions and round table exchanges, and connect local individuals with visitors from across the country or abroad.

The 2014 USJC Annual Conference is made possible by our generous sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Development Director Saki Takasu at stakasu[at]usjapancouncil.org.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 8 - Pre-Conference Programming
Neighbor Island Visits (space limited, itineraries and prices to be announced. Contact sgraves[at]usjapancouncil.org for more information)

Thursday, October 9 - Opening Day
7:30am - Golf Outing (space limited, venues and prices to be announced. Contact sgraves[at]usjapancouncil.org for more information)
10:00am -Optional Local Interest Tours (packages and prices to be announced)
3:30pm - Council Member Briefing
5:30pm - Opening Reception
9:00pm - Evening Cocktails and Networking

by invitation only:
8:00am - Governors' Initiative Meeting
11:00am - Emerging Leaders Program Orientation
11:00am - Emerging Leaders Program Alumni Meeting
1:45pm - Board of Directors Meeting
3:30pm - Japanese and Japanese American Business Network Meeting
7:30pm - Board Dinner with Special Guests
7:30pm - Members Dinners (no host)
7:30pm - ELP Dinner

Friday, October 10 - Annual Conference Public Symposium (all-day)
7:00am - Registration Opens
8:30am - Annual Conference Public Program (all-day)
6:00pm - Closing Reception

by invitation only:
8:00pm - Emerging Leaders Program Alumni Dinner

Saturday, October 11 - Annual Members' Meeting
10:00am - Members' Day General Session
11:00am - Member Engagement Sessions
2:30pm - Off-Site Member Programming
6:30pm - Members' Day Closing Reception

by invitation only:
8:00am - Board of Councilors Meeting

Keynote Speakers

• Ms. Marillyn A. Hewson, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation
• Mr. Masami Iijima, President & CEO, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Invitations are extended to other Japanese and U.S. government and business keynote speakers.

Panel Discussions (Subject to Change)

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
U.S.-Japan Security Alliance
Culinary Diplomacy
Regionalization and Local Exchanges
Entrepreneurship and Business Culture
Clean Energy and Technology
Demographics and Diversity
The TOMODACHI Generation

Roundtable Discussions (Subject to Change)

Urban Revitalization and Sustainable Development
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Banking and Financial Services
Biomedical Engineering and Technology


Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
2005 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
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Limited special room rates available upon registration.

More Information

2014 Annual Conference Honolulu Host Committee

Chairs: Wendy Abe and Eric Takahata

Development and Fundraising: Mike Hirai and Colbert Matsumoto
Hospitality and Family Activities: Randall Tanaka and Dennis Teranishi
Opening Day Activities: Christine Kubota
VIP, Media and Volunteer Outreach: Lori Teranishi
Regional Outreach: Jan Yanehiro

For more information, contact Program Manager Shane Graves at sgraves[at]usjapancouncil.org or call us at 202-223-6840.


USJC would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions:

* Denotes sponsors of TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 USJC Annual Conference, contact Development Director Saki Takasu at stakasu[at]usjapancouncil.org.


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