Midwest U.S.-Japan 50th Anniversary Conference
“Growing Together in a Global Economy”


Sept. 9 – 11, 2018

Omaha, Nebraska

Saturday, September 8th
12:00 pm - 5:00 pmJapanese Secretariat: Registration for Japanese Delegates (Hill Room)

U.S. Secretariat: Registration for U.S. Delegates (Washington Room)

Sunday, September 9th
10:00 am - 4:30 pm Japanese Secretariat: Registration for Japanese Delegates (Hill Room)
9:30 am - 4:30 pmU.S. Secretariat: Registration for U.S. Delegates (Washington Room)

8:45 - 9:45 amMWJA Board Meeting (Herndon Room)
12:00 – 2:00 pmSunday Afternoon special event: (dress is smart/casual)
Lunch gathering – local Omaha steakhouse

Sunday VIP Meetings
Hilton Omaha

3:45 - 4:00 pmChairman’s Meeting (Gov. Thompson & Mr. Mogi) – Fontenelle Room
4:00 - 5:00 pmJoint Executive Committee Meeting – Herndon Room
5:05pmSunday Reception/Dinner: (dress attire is casual)

VIP delegates transfer from Hotel to Merryweather Farm for VIP Reception. (arrive 5:30 pm)
5:30 - 6:00 pmVIP Reception (Governors, Board, sponsors)
6:00 - 8:00 pmWelcome Reception at the Kaneko Gallery.
(Welcome greeting by Governor Peter Ricketts)

Monday, September 10th
All Conference Plenary Sessions at “Grand Central Ballroom (2nd floor)

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Sessions (Grand Central Ballroom)
(U.S. & Japanese Registration Desks – foyer of Ballroom)

1-on-1 Meeting Rooms: (2nd floor)
8:00 am Conference Exhibition – foyer of Ballroom – (US states & Japanese prefectures)

Coffee/tea/rolls - served in the foyer area)

Spouse Tour

9:00 - 11:00 am Opening Ceremony: (Grand Central Ballroom, 2nd floor)

Opening Remarks:
Gordon Dobie, U.S. Conference Honorary Chairman

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

Welcome Remarks:
Governor Peter Ricketts, State of Nebraska, Conference Host

Hon. Naoki Ito, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan at Chicago

Guest Speeches: US & Japanese Governors
Gov. Jeff Colyer, State of Kansas
Gov. Ikuo Kabashima, Kumamoto Prefecture
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, State of Indiana
Gov. Taizo Mikazuki, Shiga Prefecture
Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda, Saitama Prefecture
Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
11:00 - 11:15 amCoffee Break (Foyer of Grand Central Ballroom)
11:15 am - 12:00 pmOpening Session Keynote Remarks:

Ted McKinney, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

H.E. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japanese Ambassador to the United States
12:00 - 1:30 pmLuncheon Program with Keynote Address: (Blackstone Ballroom, 2sup>nd floor)
(Video Greeting)
H.E. William Hagerty, US Ambassador to Japan

(Keynote address)
Amb. Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, USTR

Return to Grand Central Ballroom for Plenary Session
1:45 – 3:15 pmPlenary Session I: Executive Panel Discussion
“Transformations in Infrastructure”

Opening Session Keynote Remarks:
Speaker-tba, Werner Enterprises

Executive Panelists:
Scott Marrion, President-Infrastructure Division, Lindsay Corporation
Yoshinori Kanehana, President & Chief Executive Officer,
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Masato Matsumoto, President, Nexco
Osamu Shinobe, Vice Chairman, ANA Holdings Inc.


Q & A Session
3:15 - 3:30 pmCoffee Break (Foyer of Grand Central Ballroom)
3:30 -5:00 pmPlenary Session II: Executive Panel Discussion
“Innovation & Technology Solutions”

Executive Panelists:
Ron Newman, SVP of Alliances & Global Accounts, NTTSecurity (US) Inc.
Shigeo Ohyagi, Senior Advisor, Teijin Limited
Dean Kanelos, Market Dev. & Product Applications Manager, Nucor
Shinichi Yasui, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor North America, Inc./President, Toyota Motor Engineering & Mfg North America, Inc.

Michael Dixon, Ph.D., President & CEO, UNeMed Corporation

Q & A Session
6:00 pm - 8:30 pmGala Reception & Dinner:
Durham Museum

Cocktail Reception & Formal Dinner

Dinner Toasts:
*Honorary Chairman Dobie
*Chairman Mogi

*Governor Ricketts
*Mr. Yoshinori Kanehana, President & CEO, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
(Gala Dinner Sponsor)

Mannheim Steamroller Entertainment, following dinner

Tuesday, September 11th
Coffee/tea/rolls - served in the xxxx Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor)
9:00-10:30 amPlenary Session III: Executive Panel Discussion
“Success Stories in Trade & Investment”

Executive Panelists:

US presenter - tba
Takeo Inokuchi, Honorary Advisor, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.
Norm Krug, CEO, Preferred Popcorn, LLC
Shigeru Yamazoe, Vice Chairman, Marubeni Corporation/Chairman of Americas-Japan Relations Committee, KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives)

Moderator: Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Q & A Session
10:30-10:45 amCoffee Break (Foyer of Grand Central Ballroom)
10:45 - 11:30 amClosing Ceremony:
Gov. Bruce Rauner, State of Illinois
Gov. Scott Walker, State of Wisconsin

Adoption of Joint Statement (Honorary Chairman Dobie reads statement)

Guest Speeches:
Vice Governor Akihito Yoshibayashi, Shizuoka Prefecture

Hon. Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul General of Japan in Detroit

Governor Peter Ricketts, State of Nebraska (Closing Nebraska statement)

Closing Remarks:
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
W. Gordon Dobie, U.S. Honorary Conference Chairman Partner

Gift Exchange
11:30 - 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch – (Blackstone Ballroom, 2nd floor)
1:00 – 4:00 pmKawasaki Plant Tour, Lincoln (smart/casual attire, optional site visit)
(Drive to Omaha Airport from Lincoln, NE - arrive 4:00 pm)