9/13/15 - 9/15/15

2015 Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference

Imperial Hotel

Tokyo, Japan

2015 Japan-Midwest U.S. Association Conference

September 13 – 15, 2015

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

"Japan-Midwest U.S.: Expanding our Relationships”

Janpanese Presenters From the Following Companies:

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
Iris Group
Japan External Trade Organization
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation

Saturday, September 12th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm U.S. Secretariat – Registration for U.S. Delegates.
(Nishiki Room, 3rd fl)
Sunday, September 13th
9:00 am - 10:00 am

MWJA Board of Directors Metting

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

U.S. Secretariat – Registration for U.S. Delegates (Nishiki Room, 3rd fl)


Sunday sightseeing programs:
(dress for tours is casual attire )
Tokyo Bay Cruise with lunch or Grand Sumo Tournament
(Following Sumo Tournament, participants go directly to Welcome Reception.)
VIP Meetings & Welcome Reception - Hotel Okura: (2nd Floor / South Wing)

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Chairman’s Meeting - Botan Room
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Joint Executive Meeting - Garnet Room

6:00 pm - 8:45 pm Welcome Reception (all delegates) – Ascott Hall
Monday, September 14th
Plenary Sessions & Conference Exhibit on 2nd floor of Imperial Hotel

8:00 am Conference Exhibit Opens – (Peacock East Foyer, 2nd fl)
(Coffee/tea service served in the Peacock East Foyer)

Spouse Tour: (morning until mid-afternoon)

9:00 am - 11:10 am

Opening Ceremony: (Peacock East Ballroom, 2nd fl)
(United States and Japanese anthem)

Opening Remarks:
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board, Kikkoman Corporation
W. Gordon Dobie, U.S. Honorary Conference Chairman
Partner, Winston & Strawn

Welcome Remarks:
Hon. Kazuyuki Katayama, Consul General of Japan in Detroit
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Guest Speeches:
Gov. Shuichi Abe, Nagano Prefecture
Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
Gov. Hitoshi Goto, Yamanashi Prefecture
Gov. Terry Branstad, State of Iowa
Gov. Taizo Mikazuki, Shiga Prefecture
Gov. Mike Pence, State of Indiana
Gov. Kensaku Morita, Chiba Prefecture
Gov. Pete Ricketts, State of Nebraska
Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda, Saitama Prefecture

11:25am - 11:40 am

Coffee Break (Peacock East Foyer)

11:40am - 12:10 am

Keynote Addresses:
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
H.E. Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan

12:15 am - 1:30 pm

Luncheon Program with Luncheon speaker: (Fuji Room, 3rd fl)
H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki, Former Japanese Ambassador to the United States
President, America-Japan Society Inc.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Plenary Session I: Keynote Addresses & Executive Panel Discussion
“Business Relationships for Success”

Keynote Presenters:

Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Member of the Board, Chairman, Mitsubishi

Keizai Doyukai, Chairman, Chemical Holdings Corporation

Panelists: Shigeo Ohyagi, Chairman of the Board, Teijin Limited
Kentaro Ohyama, Chairman, Iris Group
Jake Cefolia, Vice President, Atlantic & Pacific Sales, United Airlines
Lorraine Reategui, Managing Director, Foreign Multinational Corporations, JP Morgan

Kichisaburo Nomura, Special Advisor, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
Q & A Session

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break (Peacock East Foyer)

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Plenary Session II: Executive Panel Discussion
(Peacock East Ballroom, 2nd fl)
“Cutting-edge Technologies Driving Growth”

Koki Konishi, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation
Kaoru Yano, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation
David Smith, Vice President, Market Development, St. Jude Medical Japan Co., Ltd.
David Williams, Dean of the School of Engineering, The Ohio State University

Dr. Gerald Hane, Ph.D., President & CEO, Battelle-Japan
Q & A Session

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Gala Dinner: (Fuji Room, 3rd fl), (dress is business attire)
Cocktail Reception
Formal Dinner and music performance

Tuesday, September 15th

Plenary Sessions & Conference Exhibit on 2nd floor of Imperial Hotel

8:00 am

Coffee/tea service (Peacock East Foyer)

9:00 am-10:30 am Plenary Session III: Executive Panel Discussion (Peacock East Ballroom, 2nd fl)
“Expanding trade and investment in a Global Economy”

Takeo Inokuchi, Senior Advisor, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.
Kazuo Ohmori, Chairman, Sumitomo Corporation
Patrik Jonsson, President, Eli Lilly Japan
US panelist – to be advised

Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Q & A Session

10:30am - 10:50am

Coffee Break(Peacock East Foyer)

10:50 am - 11:45 pm

Closing Ceremony:
Adoption of Joint Statement
Joint Statement: Chairman Mogi

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, State of Wisconsin
Hon. Mitsushiro Wada, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
Hon. Toshiyuki Iwado, Consul General, Consul General of Japan in Chicago

2016 Missouri Host State Presentation:
Mike Downing, Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development

Closing Remarks:
W, Gordon Dobie, U.S. Honorary Conference Chairman, Partner, Winston & Strawn
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
Gift Exchange

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Buffet Lunch (Fuji Room, 3rd fl)