U.S. and Japan Leaders to Discuss Diversity, Regional Collaboration and Economic Partnerships in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – The 2017 U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) Annual Conference, “Unity in Diversity: Shaping the Future Together,” will bring together regional, national and international leaders from government, business, academia and nonprofit sectors to discuss how to we can work together to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship. This conference will examine current affairs, showcase how global perspectives and diversity empower both countries, and discuss how international businesses and organizations can continue to expand in a changing political environment. The Conference’s featured speakers include (* denotes Keynote Speakers):

  • *Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • *Nobuchika Mori, Commissioner, Japanese Financial Services Agency 
  • *Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • *Kazuhiko Toyama, Managing Partner, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.
  • Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. 
  • Keiko Orrall, State Representative, Massachusetts Legislature; National Committee-woman, Republican National Committee
  • Tom Schieffer, President and CEO, Envoy International LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
  • Haruno Yoshida, President, BT Japan Corporation; Vice Chair, Board of Councilors, Keidanren 
  • Roy Yamaguchi, Chef and Restaurateur, Roy’s Restaurants

(For the full list of speakers, click here.)

The many dimensions of the U.S.-Japan relationship will be reflected in the Annual Conference’s plenary and breakout sessions. These include:

  • Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators: Six Asian American state legislators with diverse backgrounds will share their own personal and political journeys, and discuss the important role of Asian American politicians.
  • Women’s Leadership & Success on Corporate Boards: Seven distinguished women will share their experiences and personal journeys to reach the pinnacle of global companies and organizations, serving on their respective boards.
  • Bright Future: Millennial Leaders & the Cultural Seeds of Their Success: Japanese American millennial leaders will share diverse testimonials of their success in business, education and the community, and detail the instrumental role inherited Japanese American values (kachikan) have played along the way.
  • Other topics include: Regional Relations Beyond Washington & Tokyo; Building Bridges through Creative Initiatives & Entrepreneurship; Japanese American Leaders, Movers & Shakers; Policy Experts Forum on U.S.-Japan Current Affairs; Developing Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges; Innovation Hubs from Silicon Valley to Kendall Square to Japan’s “Bit Valley”; and TOMODACHI Workshop: Transformed by TOMODACHI

This is USJC’s eighth Annual Conference, and will be held in Washington, DC (where the organization is headquartered) for the first time in four years. From examining different aspects of leadership—including public service, millennial leaders and fostering leadership—to a congressional reception and offsite visits to DC institutions, the Conference takes full advantage of all that the nation’s capital has to offer. To see the agenda (this includes programs not open for media coverage; for more information please see the media registration link below), please click here.

Media Information

Date and Time:
Monday, November 13 (9:30am-8:00pm) & Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (9:30am-Noon)
J.W. Marriott, Washington DC (1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
Press registration is complimentary.

About the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC)

The U.S.-Japan Council is a Japanese American-led organization fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. By promoting people-to-people relationships through its innovative programs in networking and leadership, the Council serves as a catalyst to inspire and engage Japanese and Americans of all generations. The Council was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff in California, Hawaii and Tokyo. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative, and in 2013, it became a Public Interest Corporation (Koeki Zaidan Hojin). The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan.

Media Inquiries:

Amy Kennedy
Media Relations Contact for USJC
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 Shiori Okazaki
Director of Communications
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