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Japan-Texas Economic Summit will be held in Houston, Texas May 7-9, 2018

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Japan-Texas Economic Summit

Date: Feb. 16, 2018
Source: U.S.-Japan Council

USJC is pleased to host the Japan-Texas Economic Summit, to be held in Houston, Texas May 7 – 9, 2018. Following the highly successful Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit in 2017, the Japan-Texas Economic Summit will bring together business leaders, investors, state and local officials, and economic development organizations from across the Lone Star State and Japan.

Texas is a leading destination for foreign direct investment from Japan, and we will welcome government and business representatives from the Government of Japan and prefectures throughout the country to explore further opportunities to strengthen the relationship between Japan and the state of Texas. The Summit will feature keynote addresses from prominent leaders from both countries, showcase Texas cities and their economic development opportunities, and focus on topics of importance to the Japan-Texas relationship such as industry innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance, national security and more.

Join us for what will be a momentous step forward in the Japan-Texas economic partnership!

Please contact USJC Director of Partnerships & Development Akiko Otani at aotani@usjapancouncil.org for more information.

In Collaboration With

  • Borderplex Alliance
  • City of Austin
  • City of Dallas
  • City of El Paso
  • City of Houston
  • City of San Antonio
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
  • Free Trade Alliance San Antonio
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Houston First
  • Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
  • JACL Texas
  • Japan America Society Greater Austin
  • Japan America Society Greater Houston
  • Japan America Society San Antonio
  • Japan Business Association of Houston
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • McAllen Economic Development Corporation
  • Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
  • State of Texas
  • Texas Forest Country Partnership

Speakers

  • Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/Broker, Annoura Realty Group
  • David Bonner, Chairman and CEO, Stematix, Inc.
  • David M. Boone, President, APTIM Federal Services
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Mitsuru Claire Chino, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, ITOCHU International Inc.
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman, CityView; Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical
  • Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation; Chair of Committee on U.S. Affairs, Keidanren
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Tim Keith, President, Texas Central Partners
  • Natsumi Komatsu, Alumna, TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students Program
  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications
  • Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso, TX
  • Arielle Montgomery, Senior Finance Advisor, Shell Oil Company
  • Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group
  • Peter Sakai, District Court Judge, 225th District, District Court, State of Texas
  • J. Thomas Schieffer, President & CEO, Envoy International LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin
  • David Sutton, President, Kubota Credit Corporation and Kubota Insurance
  • Eikei Suzuki, Governor of Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • Rona Tison, Executive Vice President – Corporate Relations & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC.
  • Adela Uchida, Anchor/Reporter, CBS Austin
  • Gene Wu, State Representative, 137th District, Texas House of Representatives
  • Tetsu Yamada, President and Representative Director, Taito Corporation

Conference Schedule

Monday, May 7

12:00pm-onward
Conference Registration
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Prefunction Area

6:00pm-8:00pm
Welcome Reception
Harris Room (Level 2)

Hosted by the State of Texas. Visiting officials and prefectural delegations from Japan will be honored.

  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (chair)
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region,
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State of Texas
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman, CityView; Former
  • U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

7:30pm-onward
Sponsors Dinner (by invitation only)
Location TBD

A private dinner for sponsors and VIP dignitaries.

Tuesday, May 8

7:30am-9:00am
Breakfast
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salon C

9:00am-10:30am
Morning Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB

Welcome, Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications (emcee)
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (chair)

Plenary Panel Discussion – Open for Business: Opportunities
for Japanese Companies in Texas

  • J. Thomas Schieffer, President & CEO, Envoy International LLC; Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan (moderator)
  • Mitsuru Claire Chino, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, ITOCHU International Inc.
  • David Sutton, President, Kubota Credit Corporation and Kubota Insurance

10:30am-11:00am
Break

11:00am-12:15pm
Breakout Sessions (4 concurrent panel discussions)
Meyerland, Briargrove, Kingwood, Montrose Rooms (Level 3)

Security & Defense: Texas’ Role in Supporting the U.S.-Japan Alliance

  • David M. Boone, President, APTIM Federal Services (moderator)

Energy & Environment: Japan and Texas – Leaders in the Age of Renewable Energy

Healthcare & Medical: Medical Innovation Hubs Solving U.S.-Japan Health Issues

Education & Workforce Development: Texas-Japan Partnerships Preparing the Workforce of the Future

  • Adela Uchida, Anchor/Reporter, CBS Austin (moderator)

12:15pm-12:30pm
Break

12:30pm-2:15pm
Luncheon Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

  • Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation; Chair of Committee on U.S. Affairs, Keidanren
  • Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Japan

2:15pm-2:30pm
Break

2:30pm-3:30pm
Plenary TED Talks (3 to 4 total speakers)

  • Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB
  • Susan Kwok Annoura, Owner/Broker, Annoura Realty Group
  • David Bonner, President and CEO, Stematix, Inc.
  • Tim Keith, President, Texas Central Partners
  • Tetsu Yamada, President and Representative Director, Taito Corporation

3:30pm-3:45pm
Break

3:45pm-4:45pm
Plenary Panel Discussion
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB

Looking Abroad: Business Expansion Opportunities in Japan

4:45pm-5:00pm
Break

5:00pm-6:00pm
Regional Economic Development Presentations
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB

Economic development presentations and
previews of hospitality suites

6:00pm-10:00pm Regional Hospitality Rooms
Meyerland A & B; Briargrove A & B; Kingwood A & B; River Oaks A, B & C, Montrose A & B (Level 3)

Rooms hosted by cities across the State of Texas and sometimes including their sister cities in Japan.
Food and beverage will be provided.

  • Austin, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Golden Triangle and Rockport Area, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • McAllen, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Forest Country Partnership (East Texas)

Wednesday, May 9

7:30am-9:00am
Breakfast & Business Networking (Subject Matter Expert & Regional Economic Development Council Tables)
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salon C

9:00am-10:30am
Morning Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

  • Sachi Koto, Founder, Sachi Koto Communications (emcee)
  • Donna F. Cole, President and CEO, Cole Chemical (chair)

Plenary Panel Discussion – Industry Innovation & Collaborations:
The Texas-Japan Connection

  • Kevin Ready, General Manager, CoStar Group (moderator)
  • Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center at University of Texas in Austin

10:30am-11:00am
Break

11:00am-12:30pm
Closing Plenary Session
Texan Ballroom (Level 4) – Salons AB

Plenary Panel Discussion – Japan-Texas Culinary Exchanges

  • Rona Tison, Executive Vice President – Corporate Relations & PR, ITO EN (North America) INC. (moderator)

USJC Building the Future

  • Natsumi Komatsu, Alumna, TOMODACHI Sumitomo
  • Corporation Scholarship Program & TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students Program
  • Arielle Montgomery, Senior Finance Advisor, Shell Oil Company
  • Peter Sakai, District Court Judge, 225th District, District Court, State of Texas
  • Gene Wu, State Representative, 137th District, Texas House of Representatives

Closing Remarks

  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council

1:30pm-onward
Optional Offsite Tours

  • Daikin Texas Technology Park
  • NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Additional locations TBD

Registration Fees

Marriott Marquis Houston
Please sign up by March 31, 2018 to receive the early bird registration discount:
USJC Members & Collaborating Organizations: $290
General Registration: $350

Rates beginning April 1, 2018:
USJC Members & Collaborating Organizations: $350
General Registration: $400

Japan-Texas Economic Summit Registration

Please sign up by March 31, 2018 from here.

Hotel

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

$209/night discount rate is available until April 16 for those who register for the summit.

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