2018 Annual Conference

Venue: All events held at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, unless otherwise noted.

Private events: Please also note that some events which are marked "Private" are by invitation only and not open to all Conference attendees.

Simultaneous interpretation: Please note that there will be simultaneous interpretation available during all plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday. Interpretation may be available but limited during other conference activities.

 

Agenda

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  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • 9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program

    (Private event)

    Orientation and training for this year's class of TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders.

     Optional 
    6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Dinner

    (Private event -- Offsite location TBD)

    A special dinner for this year's class of TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders.

     Optional 
    7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Networking Dinners (11/7)

    Signup is now closed.
    *Note: You must be a registered conference attendee to participate.

    This year's conference will offer a limited number of optional small dinners and outings in the local Tokyo area. The key purpose for the dinners is to promote cross-cultural understanding and build connections among conference attendees through sharing meals. Dinners will be scheduled to start at 7:00 pm on both Wednesday (11/7) and Friday (11/9), and will include 8-20 guests plus a host. All dinners will be self-paid. Signup and a full list of hosts, venues, and descriptions of each dinner are available by clicking the link above. We hope you will take this opportunity to mingle and enjoy good food and conversation!

     Optional 

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • 7:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Breakfast
    8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
    USJC Board of Councilors Meeting

    (Private event)

    The annual meeting of USJC's Board of Councilors (U.S. & Japan).

     Optional 
    9:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Morning Plenary Session

    Welcome, Special Remarks, Keynote Addresses & Panel Discussions

    Emcee:
    Speakers:
    Philanthropy Plenary Dialogue - New Trends in Philanthropy
    The philanthropy sector is transforming as creative new mechanisms for giving diversify beyond traditional foundation grants and individual donor funds. In particular, social impact investing is an increasingly important source of philanthropic giving, allowing individuals and corporations to address today’s pressing social and environmental challenges while still generating financial returns. This dialogue examines social impact investing and other new trends in philanthropy, and explores where joint U.S.-Japan investment in developing countries in Asia and elsewhere can help achieve positive outcomes and change.
    Moderator:
    Sustainability Plenary Dialogue - SDGs and Multisectoral Partnerships
    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a roadmap to a more sustainable world by tackling the most salient global challenges. They cover a range of social and economic development issues, from poverty, inequality and education, to environmental, energy and infrastructure needs. Multisectoral partnerships are necessary to accomplish these goals and effectively invest in a sustainable future. This dialogue will explore this topic with an eye toward the role of governments, businesses and civil society as they work across sectors to deepen our understanding of the present challenges and develop practical solutions that can be adopted worldwide.
    Panelists:
    Business Strategy & Outlook Plenary Dialogue - Business Strategy and Market Innovation
    Strong economic ties are part of the bedrock of a productive and sustainable U.S.-Japan partnership. U.S. and Japanese markets are vital to the growth of the other country, and an important conversation today is how innovative collaborations and partnerships across sectors and markets can be improved and made sustainable to support future prosperity. Speakers will share their experiences proactively pursuing public-private sector engagement and other measures to strengthen their global operations. They will also discuss how U.S. and Japanese businesses can better position themselves through the integration of business culture, markets and practices.
    Moderator:
    Panelists:
    Structured Networking & Activities
    12:30 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Luncheon Plenary Session

    Special Remarks & Panel Discussion

    Emcee:
    USJC Governors' Circle - Governors Seeking to Revitalize Local Economies
    Over the past quarter-century, Japan’s local economies have been trying to cope with the powerful, corrosive currents of aging and shrinking populations, out-migration of young residents and workers, a steadily contracting base of small-medium enterprises (SMEs), waves of digital disruption, declining rates of productivity growth and slower rates of economic output. What programs and initiatives are Japanese governors and mayors launching in education, entrepreneurship, innovation, startup incubation, the globalization of small-medium enterprises, foreign tourism and geriatric health care? Three leading Japanese governors will discuss the new programs and bold initiatives they are undertaking to revitalize their local economies.
    Moderator:
    Structured Networking & Activities
    2:30 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Afternoon Plenary Session

    Special Remarks, Keynote Addresses & Panel Discussions

    Distinguished Remarks
    Speakers:
    Technology & Innovation Plenary Dialogue - The Future of Innovation and Design Thinking
    Breakthroughs in technology are fostering innovation and transforming everything from how we work to the ways in which we interact and communicate with each other. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and 3-D printing are just some of the powerful technologies that are spawning new products, services and industries. Another important aspect is the need to diversify design thinking and the importance of inclusion. This panel will examine exciting new trends in innovation and technology, with an eye toward diversity of thought, as well as potential synergies and opportunities for collaboration between the United States and Japan.
    Emcee:
    Presenters:
    Moderator:
    Panelists:
    Geopolitics & Security Plenary Dialogue - Political Trends and Security Implications
    As China increasingly asserts its power and influence on the world stage and tensions on the Korean Peninsula wax and wane, the Asia-Pacific region is undergoing seismic shifts in the geopolitical landscape. Meanwhile, the U.S.-Japan alliance, which has long served as the cornerstone of regional peace and stability, is facing new challenges in the midst of changing priorities in U.S. foreign policy. This panel looks at the underlying dynamics and political trends shaping the regional security landscape, including how the recent midterm elections in the United States might impact the delicate geostrategic calculations in the region.
    Moderator:
    Panelists:
    Women's Leadership Plenary Feature - Pioneering Women and Breaking Barriers
    In September 2018, Forbes JAPAN published a major feature on 100 women leaders, interviewing them about how they make decisions in work and in their private life. In this session, one of the principal authors will explain the genesis of the work and will highlight some of the incredible women leading across sectors – as entrepreneurs, leaders of companies, elected officials and beyond. Through a dialogue with one of these pioneering women, this session will explore what it means to lead as a woman, and what more needs to be done to stop gender from being a barrier to leadership positions.
    Moderator:
    Panelists:
    The TOMODACHI Generation: Next Generation Leaders Shaping our Future
    The TOMODACHI Initiative has completed more than 200 programs and provided life-transforming experiences for more than 7,000 alumni in the United States and Japan since its inception in 2011. This multi-format session will give an overview of the TOMODACHI Initiative and highlight its impact on the lives of program participants. In a lightning round panel, TOMODACHI alumni will share the ways by which the TOMODACHI Initiative has inspired them and encouraged their continued journey as next-generation leaders. A corporate partner will also take the stage to share their perspective on why they invest in the TOMODACHI Generation.
    Speakers:
    Moderator:
    Closing Remarks
    Speakers:
    6:15 PM  -  8:00 PM
    Conference Reception
    Emcee:
    Presenters:
    7:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Sponsors Dinner

    (Private event)

    A special dinner for sponsors of the 2018 Annual Conference and other special invited guests. Conference Sponsors are invited to send a designated number of conference attendees to the Sponsors Dinner on Thursday, November 8. To register select attendees for the Sponsors Dinner, please contact Kana Takagi, Development & Program Coordinator (Tokyo Office), at ktakagi@usjapancouncil.org or +81 (0)3-4510-3402.

     Optional 

  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • 7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Breakfast
    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Morning Plenary Session
    Plenary Feature: Gannenmono - Celebrating the 150-Year Legacy
    Emcee:
    9:45 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Breakout Sessions
    Aging & Health Breakout Session - Aging Populations: Developing Solutions
    Both Japan and the United States face growing challenges around aging populations. Ensuring that the elderly have access to adequate housing, medical care, social interaction and an overall quality standard of living requires the combined efforts of governments, businesses, nonprofits, academics and social entrepreneurs. Panelists will discuss aspects of this complex issue, why aging needs to be viewed through a new lens, and innovative ways of providing resources to the elderly.
    Moderator:
    Insight Talks - Social Innovation and Changemakers
    Through a series of short talks, inspirational leaders will share insights from across a broad spectrum of experiences around the theme of social innovation and change. Whether they are bringing about change through the work of a major corporation, creating innovations that save time and make the world a more convenient place, or defying what others thought possible and making life-changing decisions to pursue a dream, this session will highlight stories of success, innovation and impact that are challenging the status quo and improving our future.
    Philanthropy Breakout Session - Japan’s NPO Sector Today
    Twenty years have passed since the NPO (nonprofit organization) Law was introduced in Japan, providing tax incentives and a new legal framework for the NPO sector to take root and grow. Since then, Japanese NPOs have come to play a vital role in responding to natural disasters, promoting environmental protection and enhancing civil society engagement. Yet challenges still exist. This panel takes a frank look at the current status of NPOs in Japan, identifying the financial and societal obstacles that hinder a more robust NPO sector in Japan, as well as opportunities for growth through community foundations and other new civil society programs.
    Moderator:
    Sustainability Breakout Session - Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies
    In today’s world, customers are increasingly conscious of and willing to invest in sustainability as a market platform. Smart businesses are adopting new sustainable practices and strategies that not only appeal to this growing customer demand but also have a demonstrably positive impact on their bottom line and the environment. During this session, panelists will share their insights about the challenges of pursuing a more sustainable vision for the private sector, innovative thinking and the tools needed to capitalize on the existing opportunities, and the importance of such endeavors for investing in a sustainable future.
    Moderator:
    11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Closing Plenary Session

    Plenary Feature: Dare to be Different - Leading a More Diverse Future

    Presenters:
    12:30 PM  -  6:00 PM
    USJC Members Day

    (Private event)

    The annual meeting of USJC Members.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

    The conclusion of Members Day will include the Tokyo premiere of the documentary, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy. Following the showing of the documentary will be a discussion with Secretary Mineta and a light reception. This event will also be open to conference attendees (non-members) and the general public.

    To sign up, please click here and submit the separate registration form. There will be ample seating available for all, but we encourage those interested to RSVP in advance.

    Panelists:
     Optional 
    6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM
    Japanese American Leadership Delegation Reception

    (Private event)

    A special reception for alumni of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation and supporting entities and organizations.

     Optional 
    7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Networking Dinners (11/9)

    Signup is now closed.
    *Note: You must be a registered conference attendee to participate.

    This year's conference will offer a limited number of optional small dinners and outings in the local Tokyo area. The key purpose for the dinners is to promote cross-cultural understanding and build connections among conference attendees through sharing meals. Dinners will be scheduled to start at 7:00 pm on both Wednesday (11/7) and Friday (11/9), and will include 8-20 guests plus a host. All dinners will be self-paid. Signup and a full list of hosts, venues, and descriptions of each dinner are available by clicking the link above. We hope you will take this opportunity to mingle and enjoy good food and conversation!

     Optional 

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • 12:01 AM  -  11:59 PM
    Optional Offsite Trips

    Signup is now closed.

    This year’s conference agenda includes a limited number of optional offsite trips to a few destinations in the local Toyko area and beyond. These are scheduled to begin at different times on Saturday, November 10. A full list of destinations can be found below, and further details can be found on the separate signup page linked above.

    After signing up, you will later be contacted by the trip point of contact (POC) with further instructions. Pre-arranged transportation between the hotel and the offsite destinations will be limited -- participants will work with the trip POC on all travel and other logistics. Some trips may include a fee to participate, which will be handled with the trip POC or directly with the offsite destination.

    There are five options:

    1. teamLab Planets Tokyo

    2. Yamatane Museum of Art

    3. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

    4. Inside Tokyo 2020

    5. WIT Tohoku Trip 2018: U.S.-Japan Collaboration for a Resilient Civil Society

     Optional 
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