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National Forum Series: Japan in the 21st Century


Jackson, Birmingham & Nashville Series

  Program Dates: November 17 - 21, 2008

Locations: Jackson, Birmingham & Nashville

Number of Participants: 300

Collaborating Organizations: The Japan America Society of Mississippi and the Mississippi, Milsap College, The Mississippi Development Authority, The Japan America Society of Alabama, Honda Motors Alabama, Alabama Power Company, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Belmont University, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, The Japan Foundation/CGP, Embassy of Japan, Panasonic Corporation & Keidanren-USA

Minister Kenji Goto, Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy, Embassy of Japan - Washington, DC
Mr. Atsushi Yamakoshi, Director, Keidanren (Japanese Business Federation) - Washington, DC
Mr. Masakazu Nonishi, Senior Representative, Corporate International Affairs Group Liaison, Panasonic Corporation - Washington, DC
Moderator: Mr. William R. Farrell, Ph.D., Chairman, Dynamic Strategies Asia and National Association of Japan-America Societies - Washington, DC

Theme: The Japan America Society of Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson MI co-hosted a luncheon at the Capitol Club entitled "Energy, Economy and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. - Japan Relationship" on November 18. Speakers addressed attendees on the dynamic issues affecting both energy and economic policy in the two largest economies in the world. Additional comments from Keidanren-USA, the U.S. branch office of the most influential business organization in Japan--Nippon Keidanren, highlighted how differing opinions on contributors to environmental changes in our world belie the fact that citizens from both countries agree on the basic principle of making our lives and businesses more energy efficient.

Locations: Milsap College, and subsequent evening roundtable discussion at the Capitol Club, Jackson, MS

In addition, members of the Caravan had meetings with the Executive Director and representatives of the Mississippi Development Authority to exchange ideas regarding current and potential areas of cooperation between Japan and the state.

Theme: "Energy, Economy and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. - Japan Relationship"

Venue: Lincoln, AL: The members of the caravan toured the Honda Motors Alabama and had discussions concerning Honda's investment in the state and future issues confronting the automobile industry in the United States.

The caravan then moved to Birmingham and had lecture/luncheon at the World Business Center in the Skyline Dining Room sponsored by Alabama Power Company. Attendance: 60

There followed a lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Smolian International House sponsored by UAB. The audience consisted of faculty and students from UAB as well as other local colleges. Attendance: 60

Theme: In a pivotal period of global economic challenges and political change of historic proportion, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee hosted this special program featuring the perspectives of top government officials and industry experts from Japan to address some of the most crucial issues facing the U.S. and Japan, both as partners and competitors.

The key question: What role does the U.S.-Japan relationship play in transforming the global economy with a view to creating sustainable and secure growth, development and cooperation in the key areas of energy, economy and the environment?

Belmont University, Library, Lila D. Bunch Multimedia Room. Over 100 students and faculty attended and engaged in a spirited question and answer session.

Prior to the event, University officials hosted a lunch and provided a presentation of the school's history and programs. Discussion followed as to ways to increase awareness in Japan of Belmont University and curriculum.

Friday, November 21 - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Time, Commerce Center, 8th Floor, 211 Commerce Street. Attendance: 30

This was a presentation and discussion with local business leaders and board members of the Japan Society.

NAJAS would like to recognize the direct support for this National Forum Series I from Keidanren-USA, the Japanese Embassy, and The Japan Foundation/CGP. Without their partnership, this speaker series would not have been possible.

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