DANIEL I. OKIMOTO, Ph.D., Chair
Dr. Daniel Okimoto is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. In 1978, he co-founded the Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford, where he served as the Director for more than ten years. In 2007, the Government of Japan awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun with Gold-ray Neck Ribbon.” In 2014, President Obama appointed him to the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the former Chairman of the USJC Board of Councilors, and directs two USJC initiatives: the Governors' Circle and the Silicon Valley-Japan Platform. Professor Okimoto earned his B.A. from Princeton, M.A. from Harvard and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Between MITI and the Market: Japanese Industrial Policy for High Technology.
YUMI HIROSHIMA, Executive Assistant & Program Manager
Ms. Yumi Hiroshima joined the Silicon Valley – Japan Platform as Executive Assistant/Program Manager in December 2015. Yumi resides in the Silicon Valley and worked for the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APRC) at Stanford University for seven years. She began as an executive assistant to Professor Dan Okimoto, then Director of APRC, and was promoted to manage the Center’s public and private events as the Program Coordinator. She was then promoted to the Center’s Manager of Corporate Relations where she designed and implemented programs for corporate members. While raising her young children, Yumi has been serving as a volunteer Board member and fundraising chair for her children’s elementary school and preschool. Yumi graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Economics. She spent a year in Chiba, Japan teaching English.