2015 USJC Annual Conference

(L-R) Mr. Dennis Teranishi, Chairman of the Board, USJC; Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, President of USJC; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Mr. Ernest Higa, Chair of the USJC(J) Board of Directors

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 USJC Annual Conference!

Beyond 2020 Vision: Going Global with the U.S.-Japan Partnership

November 9-10, 2015
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
B2F Cerulean Tower Ballroom
26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8512, Japan

(Nov. 8 and Nov. 11 featured additional programming with the TOMODACHI Initiative and JALD. Please see the detailed schedule for more information)

The U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference is a forward-thinking public event that takes place each fall. Leading professionals and members of the U.S.-Japan community convene to explore cutting-edge topics that provide opportunities for future growth and cooperation between the United States and Japan. 

On November 9 and 10, the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) hosted its sixth Annual Conference, themed “Beyond 2020 Vision: Going Global with the U.S.-Japan Partnership.” Approximately 850 American and Japanese leaders from all sectors convened in Tokyo, Japan to discuss the value of working across sectors and generations to envision, promote and develop a more vibrant and dynamic U.S.-Japan relationship. This was USJC’s first Annual Conference in Japan, and its biggest yet, with speakers bringing their expertise in business, government, civil society, art and more to discuss innovative ways the two nations can collaborate.

Keynote Speakers

November 9

His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
For the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech, click here.
For the video of his speech, click here
Hon. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
For a summary of Sec. Foxx’s speech, click here.
Mr. Nobuyuki Hirano, President & Group CEO, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
For a summary of Mr. Hirano’s speech, click here.
Ms. Sandra E. Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
For a summary of Ms. Peterson’s speech, click here.

November 10

Dr. Koji Murofushi, Sports Director, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
For a summary of Dr. Murofushi’s speech, click here.

Dr. Gill Pratt, Executive Technical Adviser, Toyota Motor Corporation and CEO, Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
For a summary of Dr. Pratt’s speech, click here.

Other Highlights

Other highlights of the Conference included:

Special Address by Mayor Futoshi Toba, Mayor, City of Rikuzentakata (November 9)
For a summary of Mayor Toba’s speech, click here. 

Special Remarks by Dr. Sadayuki Sakakibara, Chairman, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) & Chief Senior Advisor and Chief Senior Counselor, Toray Industries, Inc. (November 10)
For a summary of Dr. Sakakibara’s speech, click here.  

Global Leadership through Business Innovation and Integration (November 9)
For a summary of the Global Leadership panel discussion, click here.  

The Japanese American Experience: From Internment to Leadership, A Seventy-Year Journey (November 10)

TOMODACHI-themed Conference Reception (November 9)

Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Celebration (November 10)

Conference Print Program

To see the print program of the Conference, which includes the bios of speakers, click here.


To see more photos from the 2015 Annual Conference, click here.


Recap video of the Annual Conference.

For more videos, see the 2015 Annual Conference playlist on our YouTube channel.