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Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies

 

  Since 2012, NAJAS has sponsored the “Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies” Series, offering our member societies the opportunity to undertake annual large-scale public affairs events to update their membership on the state of U.S.-Japan relations, including topics with significant impact on JAS’ local areas. Each event features a speaker from Japan and Japan experts living in the United States. The themes are chosen and the events are organized by the Japan-America Societies. Japan Update programs bring experts with fresh, current information relating to Japan and the bilateral relationship to interested audiences in cities all over the United States. Our funding partner for the Japan Update is The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.  
     
  In the five year history of the series, 15 Japan-America Societies have offered 37 Japan Update programs, with many adopting it as a signature annual event. Between December 2016 and March 2017, a particularly important time in the bilateral relationship, 11 Japan Updates were held by our member Japan-America Societies.  
     
  Below is a list of programs and speakers:  
     
 

Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies (Year Four):

 
 
     
Japan Society of Northern California (First-time host)
 Date:

December 8, 2016

 Title: Ashes to Gold: How the 1964 Olympics Transformed Japan and Lessons for 2020
 Speakers: Tomohiko Taniguchi
Dan Rather
Steven Vogel
James Higa
 
     
     
Japan America Society of the State of Washington
 Date: January 23, 2017
 Title: Japan Update: The Influence of Zen on Japanese Culture and Business
 Speakers: Daiko Matsuyama
Paul Atkins
 
     
     
The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
 Date: January 21, 2017
 Title: Japan in 2017: A Look at the Year Ahead
 Speakers: Yoichi Funabashi
Alicia Ogawa
James Schoff
Frank Jannuzi
 
     
     
Japan America Society of Southern California
 Date: February 8, 2017
 Title: JAPAN in 2017 Symposium
 Speakers: Mr. Tomohiko Taniguchi
Ambassador Ira Shapiro
Consul General Akira Chiba
 
     
     
Japan America Society of Houston
 Date: February 10, 2017
 Title: Japan Update 2017: The Future of Trade Relations Between the U.S. and Japan in the Wake of the 2016 U.S. Elections
 Speakers: Prof. Yorizumi Watanabe
Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer
Mr. Bob Harvey
 
     
     
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
 Date: February 17, 2017
 Title: Japan Update Symposium: U.S.-Japan Relations under the New U.S. Administration
 Speakers: Prof. Haruo Iguchi
Mr. Joseph Young
Mr. Junji Kurokawa
Mr. Tim Keith
Mr. Howard Kass
 
     
     
Japan America Society of St. Louis
 Date: February 21, 2017
 Title: U.S.-JAPAN UPDATE 2017: How Will US-Japan Relations Change in 2017?
 Speakers: Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Mr. James Schoff
Mr. Thad Simons
Mr. Ken Kitajima
 
     
     
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
 Date: February 23, 2017
 Title: Japan Update 2017:“The Strategic Importance of the US-Japan Bilateral Economic Relationship and Its Impact on the Greater Cincinnati Economy”
 Speakers: Sumio Ohtsuji
Noah Zaring
Andrew Winternitz
Keida Ackermann
Hiromi Murakami
 
     
     
Japan-America Society of Indiana
 Date: February 23, 2017
 Title: Japan Update Conference 2017: “Intersecting The Future”
 Speakers: Yukio Tada
James Schoff
Eric Holcomb
 
     
     
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
 Date: March 7 , 2017
 Title: U.S.-Japan Now: Womenomics Symposium
 Speakers: Mieko Nakabayashi
Audrey Boone Trimble
 
     
     
Japan Society, Inc.
 Date: April 12, 2017
 Title: Say Sayonara to Long Hours: Work-Life Balance in Japan and the U.S.
 Speakers: Yoko Ishikura
Tatiana Goldberg
Jean Wynn
Keti Mehta
     
     
     
     
     
 
 

Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies (Year Three):

 
 
     
Japan America Society of the State of Washington
 Date: October 28, 2015
 Title: Clean Energy Pathways for Japan and the U.S.
 Speakers: Dr. Daisuke Kitazawa
Mr.Kenji Ushimaru
Mr. Perry England
Ms. Susan Petty
Mr. Kelly Ogilvie
 
     
     
Japan Society, Inc.
 Date: December 3, 2015
 Title: Womenomics-in-Action: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Japanese and American Corporations
 Speakers: Yukako Uchinaga
Keiko Tashiro
Deepa Purushothaman
Alicia Ogawa
 
     
     
The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
 Date: January 21, 2016
 Title: Japan in 2016: A Look at the Year Ahead
 Speakers: James L. Schoff
Tsuyoshi Sunohara
Yuki Tatsumi
Scott Seaman
Sung Kim
 
     
     
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
 Date: February 12, 2016
 Title: Japan Update Symposium
U.S.-Japan Economic and Security Relations: One Year after Prime Minister Abe's Historic Visit
 Speakers: Professor Koji Murata
Ambassador Ira Shapiro
 
     
     
Japan America Society of St. Louis
 Date: February 17, 2016
 Title: JAPAN UPDATE: Tradition and Innovation in Beer and Sake
 Speakers: Katsuhiko Miyasaka
Timothy Sullivan
Adam McBrady
 
     
     
The Japan-America Society of Houston (First-time host)
 Date: February 19, 2016
 Title: Japan Update Houston 2016
 Speakers: Admiral Dennis Blair
Ambassador Thomas Schieffer
Hisanori Nei
Michelle Foss
Tadashi Ishizuka
 
     
     
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
 Date: February 25, 2016
 Title: "Increased Japan Investment Activity in the US: A Positive Development for Both Nations"
 Speakers: Kiyoaki Aburaki
Peter Kenevan
 
     
     
Japan America Society of Southern California
 Date: March 1, 2016
 Title: JAPAN in 2016 Symposium
 Speakers: Shinya Katanozaka
Harry H. Horinouchi
Joseph M. Young
Satoshi Kitahama
Hideo Miyake
 
     
     
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
 Date: March 7, 2016
 Title: U.S.-Japan Now: Economic Impacts of Aging
 Speakers: Dennis Lockhart
Masaaki Shirakawa
Toni Braun
Karen Kopecky
 
     
     
     
     
     
 
 

Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies (Year Two):

 
 
     
Japan-America Society of Central Ohio
 Date: January 30, 2015
 Title: The Impact of Japanese Baseball Players on Local Economy
 Speakers: Nobuhisa Ito
William R. Farrell
Mikio Yoshimura
Joe Santry
 
     
Japan America Society of St. Louis
 Date: February 11, 2015
 Title: Japan Update: Japan's Visions in Asia
 Speakers: Mr. Masami Doi
Dr. Ulrike Schaede
Ambassador Ira Shapiro
 
     
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
 Date: February 17, 2015
 Title: Volatility, Uncertainty, and Opportunity in the Global Energy Market in 2015
 Speakers: Professor Hisanori Nei
Rich Weber
Yongshang Wang
David Iwinski
 
     
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
 Date: February 19, 2015
 Title: US-Japan Now: Technology & Innovation
 Speakers: Yutaka Kokai, Vice President, Hitachi America
Nobuto Yoshioka, Deputy Director, JAXA
Greg Benedict, Senior Manager, Honda Aero
Kazuo Sunaga, Consul General of Japan
 
     
Japan Society, Inc.
 Date: February 26, 2015
 Title: Changing Memories of World War II, 70 Years after 1945
 Speakers: Yoshiaki Yoshimi
Ian Buruma
Daqing Yang
Carol Gluck
 
     
     
     
     
     
 
 

Japanese Opinion Leaders Through Japan Update:

 
     
 
Japan-America Society of Washington DC
 Date: January 22, 2015
 Title: JAPAN IN 2015: A LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD
 Speaker: Mrs. Sakie Fukushima,
Womenomics in Japan: How Much Progress Have We Made?
 
     
Japan America Society of Southern California
 Date: February 19, 2015
 Title: JAPAN in 2015 Symposium
 Speaker: Mr. Nicholas Smith,
Japan Strategy - Earnings in the fast lane
 
     
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
 Date: February 25, 2015
 Title: Japan Matters 2015: Entrepreneurship
 Speaker: Ms. Yukiko Nakamura,
Update on Japan (declining populatkion and brief economic outlook)
 
     
Japan-America Society of Indiana
 Date: February 25, 2015
 Title: Japan Update Conference 2015
 Speaker: Mr. Takeo Nishitani,
"Japan Update" Plenary Address
 
     
     
     
     
 
 

Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies (Year One):

 
 
     
Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia
 Date: March 5, 2014
 Title: Trans-Pacific Partnership Series
 Speakers: Ambassador Charlene Barshevsky
Ambassador Ira Shapiro
Sheila Smith
Andrew Saidel
Edward Lincoln
Shin Tanaka
Eric Feldman
 
     
Japan-America Society of Southern California
 Date: February 13, 2014
 Title: JAPAN in 2014 Symposium
 Speakers: Ambassador John V. Roos
James W. Fatheree
Richard Katz
Steven K. Vogel, Ph.D.
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Fukunari Kimura
 
     
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Ft. Worth
 Date: February 11, 2014
 Title: JAPAN UPDATE: Abenomics, The Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Economic Opportunities for Texas
 Speakers: Ambassador Wendy Cutler
Dr. Fukunari Kimura
Christopher Poinsatte
Dr. Michelle Michot Foss
 
     
Japan-America Society of Greater Cincinnati
 Date: January 23, 2014
 Title: Japan in Mid America: Renewal Challenges & Opportunities
 Speakers: Ambassador Ira Shapiro
Clyde Prestowitz
Dr. Kazuyuki Katayama
Takeo Inokuchi
Charles Brown
Bob Taft
Mikio Nishizu
Dr. Santa Ono
     
Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
 Date: October 18, 2013
 Title: Japan Update: Business Opportunities for 2014 and Beyond
 Speakers: Dr. Joe Massey
Professor Koichi Hamada
Marie Anchordoguy
Ryo Kubota
Tom Robertson
Herman Uscategui
 
     
 
     
  Over the course of the three year grant, NAJAS plans to extend the "Japan Update" opportunity to fifteen Japan-America Societies. In addition to the three participant in "Japan Matters", this would cover nearly 1/2 of our membership. It will be the largest program offering we have been able to offer our societies and will extend to nearly every corner of the United States.  
     
     
     
 

Japan Matters Through Japan-America Societies:

 
 
     
Japan-America Society of Indiana
 Date: February 27, 2013
 Title: Japan Update
 Speakers: Former Senator Richard Lugar
Aiko Doden of NHK
Sheila Smith
Glen Fukushima
Masato Otaka
 
     
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
 Date: January 24, 2013
 Title: Japan in 2013: A Look at the Year Ahead
 Speakers: Yukio Okamoto
Prof. Gerald Curtis
Sheila Smith
Glen Fukushima
James Schoff
Mireya Solis
 
     
Japan America Society of Colorado
 Date: January 7, 2013
 Title: Why Japan Matters in 2013
 Speakers: Ambassador John V. Roos
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
Professor Yoshiko Shirata
 
     
 
     
  NAJAS and our members are grateful to The Sasakawa Peace Foundation for its support for this program. A unique partnership to create a public affairs program series with national impact, The "Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies" program is integral to the mission of promoting and strengthening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.  
     
 
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