Notable Guests at the Hawaii Symposium
Photo by Ray Yamamoto
On December 3rd, top U.S. and Japanese officials met in Honolulu to observe the 50th anniversary of the signing of one of the most important security treaties in the Pacific. The Symposium “The Road Ahead for the U.S.-Japan Collaboration in the Asia Pacific Region” drew nearly 200 business and government leaders to discuss APEC 2011 and economic initiatives in technology and renewable energy. The Symposium was presented by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. Symposium programming explored new initiatives in U.S.-Japan Economic collaboration, with an emphasis on Clean Energy and Hawaii-Okinawa collaboration. Hawaii’s role in U.S.-Japan relations was also highlighted, especially in the context of bridging APEC 2010 Japan to APEC 2011 USA in Hawaii.
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"While we cannot take our alliance for granted, and must remain committed to adapting it for an Asia Pacific security environment that is ever-changing, I’m optimistic that both Japan and the U.S. recognize how profoundly this alliance contributes to regional security and ensuing prosperity for both of our nations. For the past 65 years, we’ve helped to create an environment in which the Asia Pacific region has advanced to become the economic heart of the world, and Japan and the U.S. are two of the world’s richest nations. Who could have imagined that the U.S. and Japan, once formidable enemies could grow together to become the alliance of the consequence in the 21st Century?"
— Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)
"When you think about what Japan and America have to offer to the rest of the world, you know that we can still be successful. Despite the recent downturn, world GDP is reaching new highs. More people are doing well than ever before. Whether it is in China or India or Africa, hundreds of millions of citizens are leaving poverty behind. No one is a loser when that happens. Japan and America are big reasons why the world is becoming more prosperous because we continue to lead the world in research and development. We are the two most advanced nations on earth in technology."
— Ambassador Thomas Schieffer, Former Ambassador to Japan
"Hawaii is the best state to look at a number of issues that reflect the diversity of the Asia Pacific region, and that's why it is so fitting that we will serve as the host for the 2011 APEC Summit. This will be one of the greatest opportunities for our state and the University of Hawaii. We will showcase to the world the power of strategic collaborations and innovation."
— M.R.C. Greenwood, President, University of Hawaii