Discussing U.S.-Japan-Israel Collaboration in Ag-Tech and Eco-Tech in Chicago

On February 25, in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee (AJC)-Chicago and the Japan Foundation, the U.S.-Japan Council hosted a reception and panel discussion titled “Farming in the Future: Progress in the U.S., Israel and Japan” in downtown Chicago.

(L to R) Moderator Amy Stoken, Mr. Lavin, Dr. Shibusawa and Dr. Ibata-Arens

The panelists included Michael Lavin, who founded Germin8 Ventures, a multi-stage venture capital firm investing in transformative food and agricultural technology; Dr. Sakae Shibusawa, a professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology’s doctoral program focusing on the development of community-based precision agriculture utilizing information technology; and Council Leader Dr. Kathryn Ibata-Arens, a Vincent de Paul Professor at DePaul University whose recent research explores technology leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem development in biomedical industries in Asia. 

The panel explored the trilateral cooperation between the United States, Israel and Japan on the future of Ag-Tech and Eco-Tech. From their own unique perspectives, the panelists discussed pressing concerns such as global food security, environmental implications and population growth. They also shared possible solutions and examined ways in which countries are approaching issues with new technology and innovative development programs.

The following day, a luncheon honoring Dr. Shibusawa was held at the residence of Consul General Kenichi Okada. Guests, including several 2020 Annual Conference Host Committee members, enjoyed a nice afternoon at the residence, which concluded with a tour by Consul General Okada.

2020 Annual Conference Host Committee members and Council members with Consul General Okada (back row, center)

The U.S.-Japan Council looks forward to returning to Chicago for the 2020 Annual Conference, which will be held November 19-20.