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.


Partnering for Impact Today, Investing in a Sustainable Tomorrow


The U.S.-Japan Council (U.S. & Japan) are pleased to present our 2018 Annual Conference, to be held in Tokyo (Shibuya), Japan from November 8 to 9, 2018. 





This year, USJC returns to Tokyo to discuss how the United States and Japan can build a sustainable future together, and strengthen philanthropy in Japan. The Conference will explore ways to collaborate towards mutual goals like supporting women leaders, and face common challenges like aging populations and security issues in Asia. We will also discuss regional ties among various cities in both countries, as well as the impact the midterm elections will have in the United States. Join USJC & USJC (Japan) in Tokyo to discuss how to create lasting partnerships and benefit communities on both sides of the Pacific. 


Featuring a special kabuki performance by:

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Kabuki Actor Ebizo Ichikawa 
歌舞伎俳優 市川海老蔵


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Laura Winthrop

Dianne Fukami

Yoichi Funabashi

Executive Vice
President & Chief
Operating Officer,
U.S.-Japan Council

Bridge Media, Inc.;
Director &
An American Story:
Norman Mineta and
His Legacy

Asia Pacific Initiative

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Todd Guild

Leona Hiraoka

Ryuta Ibaragi

Senior Director,
McKinsey &
Company, Inc.

President & CEO,

Governor of
Okayama Prefecture,

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Keiko Ihara

Yuko Kaifu

Heita Kawakatsu

Race Car Driver

Los Angeles

Governor of
Shizuoka Prefecture,

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Kanetsugu Mike

Norman Mineta

Debra Nakatomi

President & CEO,
MUFG Bank, Ltd.

President & CEO,
Mineta &
Associates, LLC;
Former U.S.
Secretary of
Former U.S.
Secretary of

Nakatomi &
Associates, Inc.;
An American Story:
Norman Mineta and
His Legacy

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Takeshi Niinami

Daniel Okimoto

Alan Oshima

Hidehiko Yuzaki

Holdings Ltd.

FSI Senior Fellow
and Professor
Emeritus of
Political Science,
Stanford University

President & CEO,

Governor of
Hiroshima Prefecture,

Other Speakers include:

Yuuko Iizuka, General Manager, CSR Department, Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
Katsuji Imata, Board Chair, CSO Network Japan; Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors, Japan NPO Center 
Peter Landers, Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal


Conference Topics (subject to change)

  • Philanthropy and Strengthening Japan's Civil Sector
  • Sustainable Development and Business Practices
  • Geopolitical and Security Issues (incl. the impact of the U.S. midterm elections)
  • International Trade and Business Strategy 
  • Technology Innovation and Impact
  • Regional Collaboration, featuring USJC's Governors' Circle
  • Women's Leadership and Young Professional's Leadership Training
  • Aging and Healthcare


Japan Premiere of An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

Presented by Mineta Legacy Project, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council, the documentary film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, chronicles the life and career of Secretary Norman Mineta (Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors), an Asian American pioneer who rose to the highest levels of public service. Join us on Friday, November 9 for the Japan premiere of An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy and panel featuring Secretary Norman Mineta and filmmakers and Council Leaders Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi. There will be a light reception following the panel. 

This screening is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.



The 2018 Annual Conference will be held at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, Tokyo. Discount room rates are available to all conference attendees to stay at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, as well as the nearby Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu and The Capitol Hotel Tokyu. 

Instructions for reserving a hotel room will be provided upon completing registration.

Discount room rates
*all prices excluding tax and service fees, and breakfast costs, unless noted

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel: Standard Queen - ¥25,000/night (~$227.50/night)
*discounted from ¥45,000/night (~$409.50/night)

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu: Deluxe King - ¥36,000/night (~$327.60/night)
*discounted from ¥70,000/night (~$637.00/night)

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu: Standard Single - ¥22,000/night (~$200.20/night)
*discounted from ¥28,712/night (~$261.28/night)
*includes tax and service fees

For additional hotel room rates, please click here


Things to Do in Shibuya

Click here for a list of eateries near the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. Thank you to Council Leader Eric Takahata for providing this list.