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

OVER 50 YEARS OF US : JAPAN RELATIONS

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 am MWJA Board Meeting (Herndon Room)

Sunday Afternoon Activities:
Kaneko Gallery (incl lunch)

Sunday VIP Meetings/Reception:
Merryweather Farm (dress attire – smart/casual)

4:30 - 4:45 pmChairman’s Meeting (Gov. Thompson & Mr. Mogi)
4:45 - 5:45 pmJoint Executive Committee Meeting
5:45 - 6:30 pmVIP Reception
6:30 - 8:30 pmWelcome Reception
(Welcome greeting by Governor Pete 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 - 10:30 am Opening Ceremony: (Grand Central Ballroom, 2nd floor)

Opening Remarks:
W. Gordon Dobie, U.S. Honorary Conference Chairman Partner, Winston & Strawn

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 (invited)

Guest Speeches: US & Japanese Governors (invited)

10:30 - 10:45 amCoffee Break (Foyer of Grand Central Ballroom)
10:45 - 11:45 am Opening Session Keynote Remarks:
Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President, United States of America (invited)
His Excellency Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japanese Ambassador to the United States (invited)
11:50 - 1:15 pmLuncheon Program with Keynote Address: (Blackstone Ballroom, 2sup>nd floor)
US Presenter

Return to Grand Central Ballroom for Plenary Session
1:30 – 3:15 pmPlenary Session I: Executive Panel Discussion
“Transformations in Infrastructure”

Opening Session Keynote Remarks:
US Presenter

Executive Panelists:
US & Japanese presenters

Moderator:

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:
US & Japanese presenters

Moderator:

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

Formal Dinner and music performance

Cocktail Reception & Formal Dinner

Toasts by Honorary Chairman Dobie and Chairman Mogi

Brief remarks by Governor Ricketts

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 & Japanese presenters

Moderator:

Q & A Session
10:30-10:45 amCoffee Break (Foyer of Grand Central Ballroom)
10:45 - 11:30 amClosing Ceremony:
Adoption of Joint Statement

Guest Speeches:
Hon. Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul General of Japan in Detroit (invited)

Senior Representative, State of Nebraska

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