USJC CONFAB FOCUSES ON JAPAN-SILICON VALLEY TIES

SANTA CLARA – The U.S.‐Japan Council (USJC), a nonprofit educational organization striving to strengthen U.S.‐Japan relations, held its seventh Annual Conference from Nov. 14 to 15 in Silicon Valley.

More than 700 leaders from Japan and the U.S. attended the conference, which was themed “Imagine. Innovate. Inspire. The Silicon Valley Experience.” Issues they discussed included technology collaboration in various areas from design to artificial intelligence to finance, women’s leadership, fostering young leaders and celebrating diversity.

The keynote speakers — Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the board, representative executive officer, Hitachi, Ltd.; Peter Schwartz, senior vice president, strategic planning, Salesforce; and Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, Microsoft Corporation — spoke about further opportunities for collaboration between the two countries, as well as how advancement in technology would change the future.

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