On the evenings of February 5 and 6, USJC co-organized two events in California with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Asia Pacific Institute (API). This is part of an ongoing series that highlights the opportunities for trilateral partnership and collaboration among the United States, Japan and Israel.
Feb. 5: Council Leader Andrew M. Saidel (left) moderates a discussion with Toyota AI Ventures Managing Director Jim Adler (right) and Intuition Robotics CEO & Co-Founder Dor Skuler (middle)
The event on February 5 was titled the “U.S.-Japan-Israel Innovation Summit: Emerging Partnerships & Opportunities.” It was held at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA, and was organized with the support of The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), IJ Advisors Ltd., the Jewish High Tech Community, and Plug and Play Tech Center. The program focused on success stories and opportunities for partnerships between Japanese corporate investors and Israeli startups in fields such as AI/robotics and cybersecurity. It also discussed how the innovative ecosystem in Silicon Valley can bring about and bolster these partnerships.
Attendees heard from Jun Yamada, Japan’s Consul General in San Francisco; Shlomi Kofman, Israel’s Consul General to the Pacific Northwest; Zvi Hauser, Managing Director at IJ Advisors Ltd. & Former Israeli Cabinet Secretary; and panel speakers that include industry experts, investors and entrepreneurs (a full speaker list can be found here). USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye and AJC API Director Shira Loewenberg also gave remarks. Council Leaders Andrew M. Saidel (Managing Director at IJ Advisors Ltd.) and Kenta Takamori (Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Japan Platform) moderated different portions of the evening, which was emceed by Matt Kahn, San Francisco Regional Director at AJC. The event concluded with a networking reception that connected diverse leaders, including Silicon Valley investors and entrepreneurs, as well as government and business people from the local Japanese and Israeli communities.
Feb. 6: Akira Chiba, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, delivers welcome remarks
The event on February 6 was titled “U.S.-Japan-Israel on the Global Stage: Opportunities for the Olympic & Paralympic Games.” It was held at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles, and was organized with the support of CGP. The program featured remarks and a panel discussion on the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Games, with a focus on the value of a Japan-Israel partnership in cybersecurity. It also discussed potential cybersecurity challenges and opportunities for the 2028 Los Angeles Games. Attendees heard from Akira Chiba, Japan’s Consul General in Los Angeles; Ann Burroughs, President & CEO of JANM; Cliff Goldstein, AJC API National Board Member; and a panel of government and private sector cybersecurity experts from all three countries (a full speaker list can be found here). Mr. Hauser, Ms. Loewenberg and Irene Hirano Inouye also spoke. This event was attended by USJC and AJC leadership and members, the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles, and representatives from the Japanese, Japanese American, Israeli and Jewish American communities.
These two events demonstrated the unique potential and success that comes from trilateral partnership among three innovative and entrepreneurial societies. USJC looks forward to continuing to explore this topic and build diverse and impactful people-to-people relationships.