USJC JAPAN WEEK 2013

The U.S.-Japan Council hosted its second USJC Japan Week in Tokyo from May 27th to 30th, including its biannual Japan Symposium. The Symposium provides a public forum for USJC to present topics to a wide audience in Japan. For each Symposium, the U.S.-Japan Council selects timely themes that affect both the United States and Japan.

 

REPORT

Japan Week 2013 Report (PDF)

 

EVENTS

Monday, May 27: USJC/American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Women in Business Summit (12:00-5:15pm)
Venue: Tokyo American Club

Tuesday, May 28: USJC Symposium (2:00 – 5:30pm), followed by a reception (5:45-7:30pm)
Venue: Roppongi Academy Hills

Wednesday, May 29: NPO Summit - Investing in the Future of Japan through Non-profit Organizations (9:30am - 12:30pm)
Venue: JP Morgan Tokyo Building

 

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM (MAY 28)

At the U.S.-Japan Council Japan Symposium in 2011, the Council demonstrated a paradigm shift in post-March 11th Japan, which included a positive renewal of U.S.-Japan relations built on strong people-to-people relationships. Enduring connections between Japanese and Americans are the foundation of a healthy and vibrant economy and society in Japan, the U.S. and the Asia Pacific.

Two years later, the Council continues to champion the U.S.-Japan relationship with an inspired focus on investing in the next generation, a personal priority of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The Council defines the “next generation” as students, entry-level business employees, young politicians, non-profit sector leaders, mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs whom we look to for strengthening and diversifying U.S.-Japan ties in the future. The Council also refers to this generation as the TOMODACHI Generation, an evolving group of students and young professionals who have been touched by theTOMODACHI Initiative. Diversity, encompassing gender, culture and age differentiates this generation from others, promising fresh and sophisticated points of view. In addition to prescribing sage advice, there are tangible actions that senior leaders from the U.S. and Japan today can take to encourage the next generation. In turn, it is imperative for future leaders to listen to these recommendations while paving a path of their own.

The Next Generation: Investing in the Future of Japan and the U.S.

The symposium convened business and public sector leaders for an afternoon of keynote speeches, a panel session and a special tribute to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye followed by a reception.

AGENDA

Opening Remarks:
- Mr. Masaaki Tanaka, Deputy President, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and Vice Chair, Board of Councilors, U.S.-Japan Council

Tribute to Senator Daniel K. Inouye:
- Mr. Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation
- The Honorable Colleen Hanabusa, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (D-HI)

Keynote Speeches:
- Mr. Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President & CEO, FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. 
- Mr. Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, salesforce.com, inc.

Panel Discussion:
- Mr. Masaakira James Kondo, Managing Director - East Asia, Twitter, Inc.
- Ms. Tomoko Namba, Founder and Director, DeNA Co., Ltd.
- Mr. Brian Salsberg, Partner, McKinsey & Company, Japan Inc.

Closing Remarks:
- Ambassador John V. Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
- Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council 

SYMPOSIUM CHAIR & HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Chairman:
Mr. Masaaki Tanaka, Deputy President, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and Vice Chair, Board of Councilors, U.S.-Japan Council

Honorary Co-Chairs:
Mr. Takashi Kawamura, Chairman, Hitachi, Ltd.
Mr. Yorihiko Kojima, Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation

JAPAN SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS

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PREMIER

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Mr. Ernest M. Higa     Ms. Reiko Makino    Mr. Henry Ota

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PHOTOS OF JAPAN WEEK 2013

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