“Japan-Midwest U.S.:Strategies for Economic Growth“


Sept. 10 – 12, 2017

(Imperial Hotel, Tokyo)

Saturday, September 9th
1:00 - 5:00 pmU.S. Secretariat - Registration for U.S. Delegates (Nishiki Room, 3rd fl)

Sunday, September 10th
9:00 am - 4:30 pm U.S. Secretariat – Registration for U.S. Delegates (Nishiki Room, 3rd fl)
9:00 – 10:30 amMWJA Board of Directors’ Meeting (Tsuru Room, 3rd fl)
AfternoonSunday sightseeing programs:
11:00 am – Meet in Lobby for Tokyo Bay Cruise Tour (incl unch, casual attire)
3:40 pm - Meet in Lobby for Sumo Tour (business attire)
*Following Sumo tournament, participants go directly to Welcome Reception.

VIP Meetings & Welcome Reception - the Capitol Tokyu

4:15 - 4:45 pmChairman’s Meeting (Drawing Room)
4:45 - 5:45 pmJoint Executive Committee Meeting
6:00 - 8:30 pmWelcome Reception – (all delegates) (dress is business attire)

Monday, September 11th
Plenary Session & Conference Exhibit on 2nd floor of Imperial Hotel

Spouse Tour – (morning until mid-afternoon)
9:00 - 11:15 am Opening Ceremony: (United States and Japanese anthems)

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. Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul General of Japan in Detroit

Guest Speeches:
Gov. Taizo Mikazuki, Shiga Prefecture
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, State of Indiana
Gov. Kensaku Morita, Chiba Prefecture
Gov. Bruce Rauner, State of Illinois
Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda, Saitama Prefecture
Gov. Pete Ricketts, State of Nebraska
Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
Gov. Scott Walker, State of Wisconsin

11:15 - 11:30 amCoffee Break
11:30 - 12:15 pmKeynote Address:
Honorable Yoji Muto, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

H.E. William Hagerty, US Ambassador to Japan (invited)
12:15 - 1:15 pmLunch: (Fuji Room, 3rd Fl)
1:30 – 2:50 pmPlenary Session I: Executive Panel Discussion
“Collaboration for Success"

Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Chairman, KEIZAI DOYUKAI & Chairman, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp
Shigeo Ohyagi, Chairman of the Board, Teijin Limited
Daniel Lynch, Vice President-Government Affairs, United Airlines
David Williams, Dean, School of Engineering, The Ohio State University

Moderator: Osamu Shinobe, Vice Chairman, ANA Holdings Inc.


Q & A Session
2:50 - 3:00 pmCoffee Break (Peacock East Foyer)
3:00 - 4:20 pmPlenary Session II: Executive Panel Discussion (Peacock East, 2nd Fl)
“Advanced Technologies”

Kanetsugu Mike, President & CEO, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd .
Osamu Nagata, Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation
Toshiharu Yamada, Vice President, Restorative Therapy Group, Medtronics Japan Co., Ltd.
Todd Sneller, Administrator, Nebraska Ethanol Board

Roderick Boss, Senior Vice President, Manpower Group Japan

Q & A Session
4:30 - 6:00 pmNetworking Session between conference delegates plus Japanese supplier firms (Peacock East Foyer)
6:00 pm - 8:30 pmGala Dinner: (Fuji Room, 3rd Fl) (dress is business attire)
Cocktail Reception
Formal Dinner and music performance

Tuesday, September 12th
8:00 amPlenary Sessions & Conference Exhibit on 2nd floor of Imperial Hotel

Coffee/ tea service (Peacock East Foyer)
9:00 - 10:30 amPlenary Session III: Executive Panel Discussion (Peacock East Ballroom, 2nd Fl)
“Promotion of Trade and Investment”

Takeo Inokuchi, Senior Advisor, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.
Kazuo Ohmori, Chairman, Sumitomo Corporation
Keida Ackerman, Senior International Investment Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
Peter Jennings, President, Dow Chemical Japan Ltd.

Yasushi Akahoshi, President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Q & A Session
10:30 - 10:45 amCoffee Break (Peacock East Foyer)
10:45 - 12:00 pmClosing Ceremony:

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

2018 Nebraska Host State Presentation:
Courtney Dentlinger, Director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development

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

Gift Exchange
12:00 - 1:30 pmBuffet Lunch (Fuji Room, 3rd Fl)