Silicon Valley Japan Platform

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform (SVJP) is a new initiative of the U.S.-Japan Council and the Japan-based Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF). The SVJP’s mission is to broaden and deepen the scope of ties between Silicon Valley and Japan through a variety of programs.

The project will construct a diversified and effective platform of bilateral collaboration, by organizing focused conferences and specialized seminars on entrepreneurship and innovation (in such areas as “fin-tech”—new financial technology—and “med tech”—medical technology—and “trans-tech”, new transportation technology); by connecting Japanese businesses and technologies with seminal Silicon Valley institutions; by expanding Japanese access to top-tier Silicon Valley networks; by fostering joint research and development in core fields such as the bio-medical sciences, health care, transportation, retail, and design—areas of Japanese comparative advantage; by bolding expanding media coverage of Silicon Valley in Japan; and by hosting official visits to Silicon Valley by influential Japanese leaders from business, government, academics, and the media.

SVJP was previewed at the 2015 Annual Conference in Tokyo, Japan. (Click here for a summary of the session.) Speakers included: 

- Mr. James Higa, Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation & Mentor in Residence, Index Ventures
- Amb. John V. Roos, Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
- Ms. Liz Wessel, Co-Founder & CEO, WayUp
- Mr. Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.                                   

The 2016 Annual Conference (November 13-15, 2016) will be held in Silicon Valley, and will feature future goals, mission and vision of the initiative.         

Member of the USJC Board of Councilors, Dr. Daniel Okimoto, is Chair of the SVJP. Shun Nagao is Executive Director of SVJP. Yumi Hiroshima is the SVJP Executive Assistant and Program Manager. Please view the SVJP staff page for more information and their bios.


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Scenes from past USJC events discussing innovation and entrepreneurship