Join us for the U.S.-Japan Council’s 2020 Public Symposium, scheduled for November 17-19, 2020. Titled, “Two Nations, Countless Connections – Community, Partnership and the Road Ahead,” the Symposium will explore the transformative areas of the bilateral relationship that have brought about hope and recovery. The program will also examine topics around community building, diversity, and resilience in both countries today, ultimately advancing the important work around key priorities in U.S.-Japan and Japanese American affairs. We will explore the question: How are enduring communities and partnerships formed?
Open to all U.S.-Japan advocates and supporters, USJC will partner with other organizations and influential leaders to deliver insightful dialogues, creative content, and engaging interactions over the course of three days.
Day 1 will focus on Race & Diversity, Day 2 on NPOs & Philanthropy, and Day 3 on Cultural & Educational Exchange.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the sessions displayed below with asterisks. Registering for the Public Symposium will allow access to all sessions, and you are welcome to attend as many sessions as you would like.
All dates and times in Eastern Standard Time.
November 17 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET: Opening Session featuring “Japanese Americans & Japan: Legacies” – Interview with Tom Iino 6:00 – 7:15 pm ET: [Topical Session 1] Women’s Leadership: The Power of Story*
Distinguished Panelist: Thomas Iino, Board Member, First Choice Bank; & USJC Legacy Council Chair
The USJC Public Symposium will kick off with the first installment of the “Japanese Americans & Japan: Legacies” series. This video series highlights the careers and life journeys of prominent Japanese American leaders who are pioneers in developing the U.S.-Japan relationship. Through their stories, we will learn about the role of Japanese Americans in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, and the ways Japan has contributed to Japanese American identity and community. This first dialogue in the series will feature USJC’s Founding Board Chair, Thomas Iino.
Judy Marlinski, Head of Product & Advisory Solutions, Fidelity Institutional
Special Remarks: Kelly Kay, Executive Vice President & CFO, Toyota Research Institute
A roundtable with inspiring women role models in the U.S.-Japan space who will have a conversation about the “power of story” and how the act of stepping up and sharing personal journeys empowers oneself and the next generation.
[Topical Session] NPO Sustainability: Leadership Succession Strategies November 18 from 1:30-2:45pm ET
Introduction: Norman Nakasone, Senior Vice President & Manager, Small Business Market, Central Pacific Bank
Lynn Miyahira, Account Director, iQ 360; President, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
Jeffrey Moy, Senior Program Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity; National President, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Jon Osaki, Executive Director, Japanese Community Youth Council
Exemplary leadership and how nonprofit organizations in the Japanese American community are managing leadership succession and membership continuity to incorporate a multi-generational perspective for long-term sustainability.
[Topical Session] Philanthropy Leadership: Historical Reconciliation & Today’s Landscape November 18 from 6:00-7:15pm ET
Introduction: Leona Hiraoka, Senior Advisor, Snider Strategies, Inc.
Moderator: David P. Janes, Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Development, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University; Managing Director, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation
Special Remarks: Kosei Kobayashi, Deputy Managing Director & General Manager, Membership, International House of Japan
Amir Pasic, Ph.D., Dean, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Katsuji Imata, President, Social Impact Management Initiative Japan (SIMI); Managing Director, CSO Network Japan
The historical role of public and private funders in strengthening U.S.-Japan ties through creating philanthropic institutions, and the global and social trends that are directing foundational giving and nonprofit missions today.
[Topical Session] Cultural & Educational Exchange: A Winning Investment November 19 from 3:00-4:15pm ET
Introduction: William Tsutsui, Reischauer Distinguished Professor, Harvard University
Jim Small, Senior Vice President, International, Major League Baseball
Baseball legends and aficionados will compare and contrast American and Japanese culture through the playing, management and business of baseball, and share their observations, stories and anecdotes about the sport’s role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations.
This session is co-hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.
JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project with three hubs, London, Los Angeles, and Sao Paulo, conceived by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding of Japan in the international community. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles offers a place of new discovery that transcends physical and conceptual boundaries, creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan through its spaces and diverse programs.
Closing out the USJC Public Symposium, we look to our young leaders for a message of hope and call-to-action around building strong and resilient communities. Three accomplished alumni of the USJC Emerging Leaders Program will share their inspiring stories of family legacies, personal growth, and investing in the next generation of leaders.