U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

The U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference is a yearly event that brings together regional, national and international leaders from government, business, academia and nonprofit sectors to discuss the current status and continuous future of the U.S.-Japan collaboration.

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The 2019 Annual Conference was held at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA from November 4 to 5, 2019 with the theme "Bold Ideas, Bolder Leadership: The Next Stage of U.S.-Japan Relations."

 

Summary

The U.S.-Japan Council (U.S. & Japan), was pleased to present the 2019 USJC Annual Conference, held from November 4 to 5 in Los Angeles, California. Under the theme "Bold Ideas, Bolder Leadership: The Next Stage of U.S.-Japan Relations," highlighted diverse leaders and leadership styles that transform bold ideas into reality and discussed forward-thinking ideas across several industries to showcase the potential for further U.S.-Japan collaboration.

As the 10th anniversary conference since the founding of USJC, this event also celebrated USJC's accomplishments over the past decade in developing and connecting diverse leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. We also launched the first national pilot program of the U.S.-Japan Council Leadership Workshops. These optional seminars provided hands-on skills training and professional development opportunities to conference attendees.

 


Speakers Included

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Kazuo Hirai

John V. Roos

Maia & Alex
Shibutani

Senior Advisor,
Sony Corporation

Partner,
Geodesic Capital

Champion Ice
Dancers

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Takeshi
Uchiyamada

Amy Webb

Bobby Webster

Chairman of the
Board of Directors,
Toyota Motor
Corporation

Founder and CEO,
The Future Today
Institute

General Manager,
Toronto Raptors

 

Other Speakers included:

  • Rob Bonta, Assemblymember (CA-18), California State Assembly
  • Frank Buckley, News Anchor, KTLA-TV
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Koine Iwasaki, Professional Dancer
  • Irene Kawanabe, Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor, State of California
  • Fue Lee, Representative (MN-59A), Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Ikuko Okubo, Program Officer, The Nippon Foundation
  • Curtiss Takada Rooks, Associate Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Conference Topics

  • Technology & Innovation
  • AI/Robot Services & Labor
  • Security & Trade
  • Public Service
  • Women's & Next Generation Leadership
  • Culinary Diplomacy
  • Nikkei Identity
  • Asian Americans in Entertainment
  • ...and more!

 

 

Schedule

Saturday, 11/2: Emerging Leaders Program & Alumni Training (by invitation)

Sunday, 11/3: USJC Members Day (members only); TOMODACHI Alumni Training (by invitation); Japanese American Leadership Delegation Reception (by invitation); Networking Dinners (optional)

Monday, 11/4: Public Symposium; Conference Reception; Sponsors Dinner (by invitation)

Tuesday, 11/5: Leadership Workshops (add’l fee); Business Networking Initiative Meeting (by invitation); Offsite Visits (optional)

(Events listed in italics are open to the public)

 

Wildfire Relief Organizations 

Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by the wildfires in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Please click here or on the image below for a list of wildfire relief organizations accepting donations. 

 

Sponsorship 

Platinum

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Title

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Signature

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Premier

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Gold

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Archives 

2018 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2017 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2016 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference 

2015 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2014 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2013 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2012 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2011 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

2010 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference

 

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