U.S.-Japan Council to hold its Annual Conference In Tokyo for the first time, from November 9 to 10

U.S. & Japan leaders to discuss current issues under the theme “Beyond 2020 Vision: Going Global with the U.S.-Japan Partnership

Tokyo [October 8, 2015] – U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), a Washington, DC-based non-profit educational organization that strives to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations, announced today its Sixth Annual Conference program, which will be held for the first time in Tokyo from November 9 to 10, 2015. The conference theme is “Beyond 2020 Vision: Going Global with the U.S.-Japan Partnership.” Building upon the expanding presence of USJC in Japan, as well as the 70th anniversary year of the end of World War II, this conference will highlight the importance of the enduring partnership of our two countries. It will also present the value of working across sectors and generations to envision, promote and develop a more vibrant and dynamic U.S.-Japan relationship that benefits both countries and the Asia-Pacific region.

The U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference is a forward-thinking public event that takes place each fall. Leading professionals and members of the U.S.-Japan community convene to explore cutting-edge topics that provide opportunities for future growth and cooperation between the United States and Japan. This year, the Conference will feature topical discussions on issues of critical importance to both countries: 1) Global Leadership Through Business Innovation and Integration, 2) Strengthening Regional Economies: A Dialogue Among Governors, 3) Silicon Valley & Japan: Building a “Kakehashi” Bridge, 4) The American Economy: Trends in the U.S. Investment Environment, 5) Successful Models for Political Leadership in U.S.-Japan Relations, 6) Next Steps for Women's Leadership in Japan, 7) Philanthropy in the 21st Century, and 8) Strengthening U.S.-Japan Relations through Cultural Diplomacy.

Hon. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Mr. Nobuyuki Hirano, President & CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; and Ms. Sandra Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairwoman of Johnson & Johnson, have been confirmed to deliver keynote addresses. Other speakers active on the forefront of U.S.-Japan relations include Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and Commerce; Ambassador John V. Roos, former Ambassador of Japan to the United States; Mr. So Taguchi, Baseball Commentator; and Mr. Paul Yonamine, Country General Manager and President of IBM Japan, Ltd.

Additional information on guest speakers and the program is available on the Conference website at http://www.usjapancouncil.org/2015_annual_conference_media_information

About the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC)
The U.S.-Japan Council is a Japanese American-led organization fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. By promoting people-to-people relationships through its innovative programs in networking and leadership, the Council serves as a catalyst to inspire and engage Japanese and Americans of all generations. The Council was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff in California and Tokyo. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative, and in 2013, it became a Public Interest Corporation (Koeki Zaidan Hojin). The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan.

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