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NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series

Keizai Koho Center

  NAJAS and the Keizai Koho Center have teamed up to offer the NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series through our member Japan-America Societies. Funded by the Keidanren, KKC's parent organization, this series combines a senior executive from a Japanese corporation and a recognized Japan expert in a public presentation hosted by a JAS. In their presentations, the senior executives have described the business climate and the impact of their companies' investment in the United States. The Japan experts have addressed bilateral trade and economic issues of interest to JAS members, including the Transpacific Trade Partnership.  
     
  The NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series enables Japan-America Societies to present unique business-related content to their corporate members and the public. To date, 23 events have taken place, listed below. Please click on the "title" link below for details on each event.  
     
 
Japan-America Society of North Carolina
  Date: September 22, 2017
  Title: JASNC Business Speaker Series
  Company: Minoru Yoshinaga, Toray America
  Japan expert: Brian Woodall, Georgia Institute of Technology
     
Japan America Society of Minnesota
  Date: July 19, 2017
  Title: Business Speaker Series
  Company: Ray Nishimoto, Sumitomo Chemical
  Japan expert: Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations
     
Japan Society of Northern California
  Date: June 1, 2017
  Title: How Will Autonomous Vehicles Change the Way We Move? Perspectives from Japan and the US
  Company: Yasuyuki Kohaya, Toyota Research Institute
  Japan expert: Stephen Zoepf, Stanford University
     
Japan-America Society of Chicago
  Date: May 25, 2017
  Title: Japanese Products in American Homes: TOTO’s Corporate Strategy in the U.S.
  Company: Kazuo Sako, TOTO Americas Holdings & TOTO USA, Inc.
  Japan experts: Josina Morita, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner
Tobias Harris, Teneo Intelligence
     
Japan-America Society of Oregon
  Date: May 11, 2017
  Title: Growing Together from Shared Roots: Inside the Merger of The Standard and Meiji Yasuda
  Company: Minoru Wakabayashi, StanCorp Financial Group
  Japan expert: Dr. Ulrike Schaede, UC San Diego
     
Heart of America Japan-America Society
  Date: February 27, 2017
  Title: Heart of America Japan-America Society Speakers' Event
  Company: Kunio Watanabe, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  Japan expert: Dr. William Farrell, Naval War College
     
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
  Date: December 15, 2016
  Title: 2016 Bonenkai Holiday Celebration Gala
  Company: Minoru Yoshinaga, Toray Industries (America), Inc.
  Japan expert: Dr. Brian Woodall, Georgia Institute of technology
     
Japan/America Society of Kentucky
  Date: October 17, 2016
  Title: Japan Meets Kentucky Bourbon
  Company: Takashi Niinami, Beam Suntory Inc.
  Japan expert: TBD
     
Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia
  Date: June 1, 2016
  Title: Japan and the Changing Asian Order
  Company: Takashi Hatchoji, Hitachi, Ltd.
  Japan expert: Jacob Schlesinger, The Wall Street Journal
     
The Japan America Society of Alabama
  Date: April 28, 2016
  Title: Japanese Company Regional-to-Global Strategy and Position in the Local Marketplace
  Company: Sugio Suzuki, Protective Life
  Japan expert: Dan Cintron, U.S. Department of State
     
Japan-America Society of Chicago, Inc.
  Date: March 23, 2016
  Title: Trains, Planes and Automobiles Business Luncheon
  Company: Koki Konishi, Toyota Motor Corporation
  Japan expert: Hiroyuki Idei, Nippon Sharyo
David Yamada, Nippon Sharyo USA, Inc.
Grant Crampton, The Boeing Company
     
Japan-America Society of Hawaii
  Date: March 14, 2016
  Title: TOTO's Innovative Solutions to Basic Human Needs: Ultimate Artisanship in Washroom Fixtures
  Company: Kazuo Sako, TOTO U.S.A., Inc.
  Japan expert: Kiyoaki Aburaki, Keizai Koho Center
     
Japan America Society of Colorado
  Date: February 11, 2016
  Title: Going Global: A New Era in Japanese Business Strategy & Growth
  Company: Kazuhiro Gomi, NTT America, Ltd
  Japan expert: Rust Deming, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
     
Japan America Society of Minnesota
  Date: October 7, 2015
  Title: Japan Still Matters
  Company: Minoru Yoshinaga , Toray Industries (America), Inc.
  Japan expert: Ira Shapiro, Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, LLC
     
Japan-America Society of Chicago, Inc.
  Date: September 11, 2015
  Title: The Business Climate in Asia and Japan-U.S. Relations
  Company: Chris Wilkens, Global Subsidiary Banking, MUFG
  Japan expert: William R. Farrell, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, U.S. Naval War College
     
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
  Date: May 20, 2015
  Title: US-Japan Relationship at a Defining Moment
  Company: Ichiro Ishii, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
  Japan expert: Ira Shapiro, Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, LLC
     
Japan America Society of the State of Washington
  Date: April 22, 2015
  Title: Annual Meeting and Dinner 2015
  Company: Hideki Kunugi, All Nippon Airways
  Japan expert: Tom Norwalk
     
Japan-America Society of Hawaii
  Date: March 19, 2015
  Title: Hawaii as an Innovation Test-Bed JUMPSmart Maui Case
  Company: Takashi Hatchoji, Hitachi America, Ltd.
  Japan expert: Jeanne Skog, Maui Economic Development Board
     
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
  Date: February 13, 2015
  Title: JAPAN UPDATE Symposium - Going Global: A New Era in Japanese Business Strategy and Growth
  Company: Osamu Nagata, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
  Japan expert: Matthew P. Goodman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
     
Heart of America Japan-America Society
  Date: January 31, 2015
  Title: Business Speakers Event: Japan & the U.S.
  Company: Takashi Hatchoji, Hitachi America, Ltd.
  Japan expert: William R. Farrell, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, U.S. Naval War College
     
Japan America Society of Colorado
  Date: May 8, 2014
  Title: 2014 Corporate Spring Luncheon "Innovation Excellence"
  Company: Takashi Hatchoji, Hitachi America, Ltd.
  Japan expert: Ira Shapiro, Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, LLC
     
Japan America Society of St. Louis
  Date: April 23, 2014
  Title: Japan's Global Stragegies in 21st Century
  Company: Takashi Hatchoji, Hitachi America, Ltd.
  Japan expert: William R. Farrell, Naval War College
     
Japan-America Society of Indiana
  Date: February 27, 2014
  Title: Japan Update 2014
  Company: Shigeru Hayakawa, Toyota Motor Corporation
  Japan expert: Marc Knapper, Department of State
     
Japan Society of Boston
  Date: January 29, 2014
  Title: Japan Business Forum: JAPAN UPDATE
  Company: Hideya Takaishi, BTMU Capital Corp
  Japan expert: James Schoff, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
     
The Japan-America Society of Houston
  Date: January 28, 2014
  Title: Keizai Conversations: Global Corporate Strategies and The Economics of Trade
  Company: Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba America, Inc.
  Japan expert: Ira Shapiro, Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, LLC
     
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
  Date: May 23, 2013
  Title: U.S.-Japan Now: Economic and Global Corporate Strategies
  Company: Takashi Hatchoji, Hitachi America, Ltd.
  Japan expert: Matthew Goodman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
     
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
  Date: April 11, 2013
  Title: U.S.-Japan Now: Economic Outlook & Global Corporate Strategies
  Company: Shigeru Hayakawa, Toyota Motor Corporation
  Japan expert: Nicholas Szechenyi, Center for Strategic and International Studies
     
Japan America Society of Michigan and SW Ontario
  Date: December 4, 2012
  Title: Business Luncheon
  Company: Osamu Nagata, Toyota Motor Corporation
  Japan expert: Matthew Goodman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
     
     
 
     
  NAJAS and our members are deeply grateful to the Keidanren, the Keizai Koho Center and the participating Japanese companies for their interest in this program and their contribution to an informed, lively discussion of the important economic ties between the United States and Japan.  
     
 
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