U.S.-Japan Council to Convene Leaders in Virtual Bilateral Boardroom

September 10, 2020

Online event draws on crisis management and diverse perspectives to identify a forward-looking U.S.-Japan agenda

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) will hold a virtual Bilateral Boardroom in lieu of its in-person Annual Conference. Through an online format, this event will convene key decision-makers from business, government, and the civil sector in the United States and Japan for critical conversations around the theme of “Leadership Through Crisis, Lessons Learned.” Discussions will examine the impact of the current coronavirus pandemic from a social and economic perspective through the lens of leadership during past crises, as well as identify avenues in which the United States and Japan can collaborate to realize a mutually prosperous future.

The Bilateral Boardroom will include a panel dialogue, fireside chat, insights from industry and community leaders, and more. Featured leaders will share the impact of the pandemic on their respective fields and industries, their experiences managing large-scale crises and what lessons can be learned from these experiences. The program will also include a tribute from Japan’s Minister of Defense Taro Kono to USJC’s former president, the late Irene Hirano Inouye, who founded USJC alongside other prominent Japanese American leaders, including her husband, Senator Daniel Inouye.

Prime Minster Shinzo Abe will offer video remarks, filmed prior to his resignation announcement, on the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship.  A fireside chat will bring Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. together with USJC’s Board Chair Phyllis Campbell to address timely leadership issues including disruptions to international banking and the global economy, community investments, equity and inclusion and more. In addition to issues arising directly from the global coronavirus pandemic, this event will also highlight diversity in leadership. Announced speakers include:

  • Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
  • Suzanne Basalla, President & CEO, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chair, Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Tracey Doi, CFO and Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America
  • Tomoko Kizawa, Partner, Deloitte LLP
  • Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo
  • Taro Kono, Minister of Defense
  • Nobuyuki Hirano, Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
  • Fred Katayama, Content Producer / Anchor, Reuters News Agency
  • Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair and Chief Strategist, Goldman Sachs (Japan)
  • Tsuyoshi Nagano, Chairman of the Board, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
  • Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience, National Security Council, White House
  • Takeshi Niinami, CEO, Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Judy Sakaki, President, Sonoma State University
  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
  • Christophe Weber, President and CEO, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.
  • Paul Yonamine, Executive Chairman, Central Pacific Bank 

The Bilateral Boardroom is the premiere event of USJC’s 2020 Signature Series. Through this series, USJC will explore the theme “U.S.-Japan Relations in the Coronavirus Era: Leadership for Recovery, Resilience and Community.”

More information, including a full list of speakers, can be found here.

Media Information

Date: September 16, 2020 (U.S.) / September 17, 2020 (Japan)
: 7 pm – 9 pm ET / 8 am – 10 am JT
Language: English, with simultaneous Japanese interpretation available
Press Registration: 
Press registration is complimentary. Click here to register.

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

The U.S.-Japan Council develops and connects global leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. It is an organization whose members believe people-to-people relationships are a powerful way to bring together leaders in the U.S. and Japan to address and create solutions to mutual concerns. The Council is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization that 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 and in 2013, it became a Public Interest Corporation (koeki zaidan hojin). The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan.


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Japan Office
Junko Tsuda, Executive Director of U.S.-Japan Council (Japan)
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