9/13/15 - 9/15/15

2015 MWJA Conference

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

2014 Schedule

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“Building a Robust and Sustainable Future”
Sept. 7 – 9, 2014
Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Saturday/Sunday, September 6th & 7th

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Japanese Secretariat *Registration for Japanese Delegates (Cedar Rapids Room, 3rd fl)

U.S. Secretariat *Registration for U.S. Delegates (Waterloo Room, 3rd fl)

Sunday, September 7th

9:30 – 10:30 am

MWJA Board Meeting – (Dubuque Room, 3rd fl)

11:00 am – 2:30 pm     
Sunday afternoon sightseeing program:
Living History Farms” (incl. lunch)

Sunday Afternoon/Evening: VIP Meetings & “Welcome Reception”
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates – Hall of Laureates

4:30-4:45 pm
(Chairman’s Meeting (Iowa Gallery, Mezzanine Level)

4:45-5:45 pm

Joint Executive Committee Meeting (Founders Boardroom, Mezzanine Level)

5:45-6:30 pm

VIP Reception (Mezzanine Reception area)

6:30-8:30 pm

Welcome Reception (Borlaug Ballroom & Rotunda, 1st floor)
(Welcome greeting by Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds)


Monday, September 8th

All Conference Plenary Sessions at Des Moines Exhibit Hall:

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Sessions – Des Moines Exhibit Hall (3rd fl)
(U.S. & Japanese Registration Desks – foyer of the Exhibit Hall)

1-on-1 Meeting Rooms: Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque, Sioux City (3rd fl)

Spouse Tour – program to be finalized

Morning keynotes:
U.S. Senior Federal official - tba

8:00 am

Conference Exhibit Opens – Foyer of the Des Moines Exhibit Ballroom (3rd fl)

(Coffee/tea/rolls served in the Exhibition area.)

9:00 – 10:35 am

Opening Ceremony: (Des Moines Exhibit Hall, 3rd fl)

Opening Remarks:
Hon. James R. Thompson, U.S. Conference Chairman
Senior Chairman, Winston & Strawn & former Governor of Illinois

Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board, Kikkoman Corporation

Welcome Remarks:
Gov. Terry Branstad, State of Iowa, Conference Host

Hon. Masaharu Yoshida, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan at Chicago

Guest Speeches:
Gov. Dave Heineman, State of Nebraska
Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda, Saitama Prefecture
Gov. Jay Nixon, State of Missouri
Gov. Shomei Yokouchi, Yamanashi Prefecture
Gov. Mike Pence, State of Indiana
Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
Gov. Scott Walker, State of Wisconsin

10:35 – 10:50 am Coffee Break (Foyer of Des Moines Exhibit Ballroom)

10:50 – 11:40 am

Opening Session Keynote Remarks:
Michael L. Beeman, Acting Assistant USTR for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs
H.E. Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the United States

11:50 – 1:15 pm

Luncheon Program with Keynote Remarks: (Iowa Ballroom, “D/E”, 2nd fl)

Kenneth L. Allen, former President, Firestone Agricultural Tire Company — a Bridgestone Company
Amb Kenneth M. Quinn, President, The World Food Prize Foundation

1:30 – 3:15 pm

Plenary Session I: Executive Panel Discussion
“Innovation for Long-Term Success”

Opening Session Keynote Remarks:
Kelly Ortberg, CEO and President, Rockwell Collins
Tadashi Okamura, Advisor, Toshiba Corporation

Season I Panelists:
Mr. Doug Hundt, President, Underground and Specialty Excavation, Vermeer Corporation
U.S. Speaker - tba
Katsuyuki Ikushmia, Chairman, Nippon Sharyo, Ltd.
Kichisaburo Nomura, Executive Advisor, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University
Q & A Session

3:15 – 3:30 pm Coffee Break (Foyer of Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

3:30-5:00 pm

Plenary Session II: Executive Panel Discussion
Jan Koninckx, Ph.D., Business Director Biorefineries, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
William J. Fehrman, President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy and President, MidAmerican Renewables, LLC
Kaneichi Maehara, Vice Chairman & President, Japan Association of Corporate Executives
(Keizai Doyukai)
Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation

Satoshi Miyamoto, President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Q & A Session

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Gala Dinner :
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center of the Iowa Event Center
(Grand Ballroom. Level 4)

Toasts by Chairman Thompson and Chairman Mogi

Remarks on “Midwest Experience” – Ajinomoto Co., Inc. North America Division
Hiroshi Fukushi, Member of the Board & Corp. VP/General Manager,
Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals Division

Brief remarks by Governon Branstad

Entertainment following the dinner

(A hospitality event, organized by our 2016 Host, will be held afterwards at the Marriott Hotel): "The Missouri Story...an Evening with Mark Twain")

Tuesday, September 9th

(Coffee/tea/rolls – Foyer of Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

9:00-10:30 am
Plenary Session III: Executive Panel Discussion “Contributing to a Healthy Future”
Tom Newton, Vice President, Network Engagement, Wellmark
Anita Norian, President, Kemin Human Nurition and Health, Kemin Industries
Takeo Inokuchi, Senior Advisor, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company
Mitsuo Someya, Executive Advisor, Kikkoman Corporation

Dr. Sue Curry, Dean of College of Public Health and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa
Q & A Session

10:30-10:45 am
Coffee Break (Foyer of Des Moines Exhibit Hall)

10:45 – 11:25 am
Closing Ceremony:
Adoption of Joint Statement

Guest Speech:
Hon. Kazuyuki Katayama, Consul General of Japan in Detroit
Hon. T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines

Closing Remarks:
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
Hon. James R. Thompson, U.S. Conference Chairman

Gift Exchange

11:30 – 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch (Iowa Ballroom, “D”, 2nd fl)