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Japan Currents

Keizai Koho Center

  In 2019, NAJAS inaugurated the "Japan Currents" public affairs series, with support from the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. The series involved events in fourteen different cities, each hosted by local Japan-America Society, and composed of speakers from Japan, the U.S. and the local community. Public affairs topics of interest relating to Japan vary by location. Each host selected the theme and the reports of the events demonstrate the depth and variety of interest in Japan across the country. As the only national public affairs program series focusing on the US-Japan relationship, we believe Japan Currents serves an important part of the mission of Japan-America Society network. We are grateful for the support of the Embassy of Japan for this program.  

Japan Currents (Year Three):

Japan-America Society of Houston
  Date: March 22, 2022
  Title: 2022 Japan Currents Houston Conference
  JP speaker: Eiji OHIRA, NEDO (The New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization)
  US speakers: Joe CAPPELLO, Iwatani Corporation of America
Dr. Alan ROSSITER, University of Houston
Japan America Society of Chicago
  Date: March 17, 2022
  Title: 2022 Annual Update on U.S.-Japan Relations and Post Pandemic
  JP speaker: Hiroyuki Akita, Nikkei
  US speakers: Emma Chanlett-Avery, Congressional Research Service
David Johnson, Japan America Society of Chicago
Japan-America Society of Hawaii
  Date: March 16, 2022
  Title: Political and Economic Challenges in the U.S.-Japan Relationship
  JP speaker: Dr. Mieko Nakabayashi, Waseda University
  US speakers: Dr. Joshua Walker, Japan Society
Ms. Barbara Tanabe, Ho?akea Communications, LLC
Japan-America Society of Oregon
  Date: March 14 , 2022
  Title: Women in Leadership
  JP speaker: Kaori Sasaki, Founder & CEO, ewoman; UNICUL; founder International Conference for Women in Business; Outside Director, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, Japan Post, AGP
  US speakers: Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO, Stitch Fix; Board Member GrubHub, Glossier
Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the US President; Senior Liaison for Native American, Hawaiian, Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
  Date: March 9, 2022
  Title: Logistics and Supply Chains in U.S.-Japan Business and Trade
  JP speaker: Kantaro Takenaka, Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.
  US speakers : Catherine Mellor, UPS Global Public Affairs Division
Mollie Haney Bailey, Transplace
Tim Feemster, Foremost Quality Logistics
Masaru Uchida, Japan Airlines
Dr. Hiroki Takeuchi, Southern Methodist University
Japan America Society of Colorado
  Date: March 7, 2022
  Title: Japan Currents: 2022 Economic Outlook for Japan, US, and Colorado
  JP speaker: Secretary Noriyuki Shikata
  US speakers: Ambassador Kurt Tong
Dean Sharon Matusik
Stephanie Garnica
Japan Society of Northern California
  Date: March 2 , 2022
  Title: Impact of US-Japan Cooperation in Advanced Technologies – What can we expect from the US-Japan CoRe Partnership
  JP speaker: Kazumi Nishikawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  US speaker : Matthew P. Goodman, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Kenichiro Mizoguchi, Hitachi, Ltd.
Larry Greenwood, BowerGroupAsia
Japan-America Societyof the State of Washington
  Date: February 24, 2022
  Title: Empowering Women in Japan and the USA – Personal Stories on Building Resiliency and Activating Your Career
  JP speaker : Misa Yamashita, JERA Co., Ltd.
  US speakers : Paige Cottingham-Streater, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Kendee Yamaguchi, Deputy Mayor of Seattle
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  Date: January 18 , 2022
  Title: Japan in 2022
  JP speakers: Amb. Koji Tomita, Embassy of Japan
Mieko Nakabayashi, Waseda University
Madoka Fukuda, Hosei University

US speakers:

Raymond Greene, US Embassy Tokyo
Mireya Solís, Brookings
Kristi Govella, German Marshall Fund
Yves Tiberghien, University of British Columbia
Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times
Jeffrey Hornung, RAND
James Schoff, SPFUSA
Kay Shimizu, University of Pittsburgh
Japan-America Society of Tennessee
  Date: December 3, 2021
  Title: The Seventh Annual Women’s Leadership Forum & Networking Luncheon
  JP speaker: Consul-General Kayoko Fukushima, Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
  US speakers: Jennifer Butler, Ashinaga Foundation (Tokyo)
Masami Tyson, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Peter Kelley, National Association of Japan-America Societies

Japan Currents (Year One):

Japan Society of Northern California
  Date: December 8, 2020
  Title: To Infinity and Beyond: The Future of US-Japan Space Technology Cooperation
  JP speaker: Hiroshi Nakayama, JAXA
  US speaker : Ron Lopez, Astroscale U.S., Inc.
The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
  Date: March 11, 2020
  Title: Healthcare Connections Between Western PA & Japan
  JP speaker: Kentaro Onishi, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  US speakers: Mark W. Meyer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Christian Manders, Promethean LifeSciences, Inc.
Japan-America Society of Hawaii
  Date: March 9, 2020
  Title: Sister State and Sister City Relationships: Exploring Current Possibilities for Collaboration
  JP speaker: Shin Koyamada, Koyamada International Foundation
  US speakers: Paul Yonamine, Central Pacific Financial Corp. & Central Pacific Bank
Barbara Tanabe, Ho`akea Communications
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
  Date: March 4, 2020
  Title: Why Good People Do Bad Things: Ethics & Compliance in the Global Economy
  JP speaker: Nicholas Benes, Training Institute of Japan
  US speakers: Paul Fiorelli, Xavier University
Susan Renda, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Tara Burcham, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
Joe Dehner, Frost Brown Todd
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
  Date: March 2, 2020
  Title: US-Japan Now Luncheon: Economic Impacts of Trade Partnerships
  JP speaker: Motoshige Ito, Gakushuin University
  US speakers: Eric Reinhardt, Emory University
R. Anton Braun, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Federico Mandelman, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Yutaka Nakamura, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta
Albert Hodge, Hodge Consulting Services
Jessica Cork, YKK Corporation of America
Japan-America Society of Houston
  Date: February 28, 2020
  Title: Japan Currents Houston Conference 2020
  JP speaker: Ken Koyama, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
  US speakers: Hiroyuki "Bob" Takai, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Seijiro Tamada,Osaka Gas USA Corporation
Japan-America Society of Indiana
  Date: February 26, 2020
  Title: Japan Currents Symposium 2020
  JP speaker: Daiko Matsuyama, Taizo-In Temple, Kyoto
  US speakers: Stephen J. Akard, U.S. Department of State
Leah Curry, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana
Mark Elwood, Elwood Staffing
Larry Ingraham, Ingraham & Associates
Cindy Madrick, Cornerstone Environmental, Health & Safety
Shuichiro Miyagawa, Aisin Holdings of America
Tomofumi Nishizawa, JETRO Chicago
Kenichi Okada, Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Andrea Richter-Garry, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Jim Riggs, NTN Driveshaft
Brad Rhorer, Conexus Indiana
Bernard Swiecki, Center for Automotive Research
Japan-America Societyof the State of Washington
  Date: February 25, 2020
  Title: Empowering Women in Japan and the USA
  JP speaker : Aiko Doden, NHK World TV
  US speakers : Courtney Gregoire, Microsoft Corporation
Lori Matsukawa, Emmy award winning broadcast journalist
Yoichiro Yamada, Consul General of Japan in Seattle
Japan America Society of St. Louis
  Date: February 20, 2020
  Title: Global Impact of Anime & Manga
  JP speakers: Hiroko Yoda, AltJapan Co., Ltd
Matt Alt, AltJapan Co., Ltd
  US speakers: Susan Napier, Tufts University
Tony Oliver, voice actor, producer & director
Japan-America Society of Oregon
  Date: February 19, 2020
  Title: Women in Leadership: Breaking Barriers
  JP speaker: Miki Ebara, NHK World
  US speakers: Julia Wada, Toyota Financial Services
Melanie Strong, Nike Skateboarding
Japan America Society of Southern California
  Date: February 18, 2020
  Title: JAPAN CURRENTS with Tak Niinami, CEO, Suntory Holdings, Ltd.
  JP speaker: Tak Niinami, Suntory Holdings Limited
  US speakers: Akira Muto, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles
Kiichi Nakajima, Japan Airlines
Brian Peck, Center for Transnational Law and Business
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
  Date: February 13, 2020
  Title: 2020 Japan Currents Symposium
  JP speaker: Ryozo Kato, former Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner
  US speakers : Robert Fitts, baseball historian and award‐winning writer
Kazuhiro Gomi, NTT Research, Inc.
Karin Morris, Texas Rangers Baseball Club
Matt Murton, Chicago Cubs Baseball Club
Dale Petroskey, former National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum President
J. Thomas Schieffer, former Texas Rangers Baseball Club President
Hiroki Takeuchi, Southern Methodist University
Japan America Society of Colorado
  Date: January 29, 2020
  Title: Outdoor Rec 2020: From Japan to Colorado
  JP speaker: Shiro Takeyama, Montbell Japan
  US speakers: Mark Hansen, Topo Designs
Lucy Diaz, Colorado Classic
Nathan Fey, Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry
Eric Hiraga, City & County of Denver
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  Date: January 24 , 2020
  Title: Japan in 2020: A Look at the Year Ahead
  JP speaker: Hiroyuki Akita, Nikkei

US speakers:

James L. Schoff, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
David R. Stilwell, U.S. Department of State
Tobias Harris, Teneo Intelligence
Dai Mochinaga, Keio Research Institute
Sheila A. Smith, Council on Foreign Relations
Patricia Kim, US Institute of Peace
Masashi Murano, Hudson Institute
Scott A. Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations
Kristin Vekasi, University of Maine
  NAJAS and our members are deeply grateful to the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC.  
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