2013 U.S.-JAPAN COUNCIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 2013 USJC Annual Conference, held in Washington, DC from October 3 to 5, was a resounding success. With approximately 400 attendees, this 4th Annual Conference was our largest event yet. Themed “Risk, Reward and Innovation: Opportunities for the U.S. and Japan,” it convened top U.S. and Japanese leaders who discussed the long-term benefits of taking risks and innovative courses of action, as well as the significance of synergy among the business, government and civil society sectors.

Participants included:
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
Hiroaki Nakanishi, President of Hitachi, Ltd.
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine & Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University
Kristi Yamaguchi, Founder of Always Dream Foundation, Champion Figure Skater and winner of “Dancing with the Stars”;
Ryu Goto, International Concert Violinist; and
Roy Yamaguchi,
Darren T. Kimura, Managing Director, Enerdigm Group, Inc.
Mr. John Strangfeld, Chairman and CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Navy
Daniel M. Tani, Vice President of Mission and Cargo Operations, Orbital Sciences Corp. and Former Astronaut

Ms. Kristi Yamaguchi, Mr. Daniel Tani, Mr. Darren Kimura, Mr. Ryu Goto, Admiral Harry Harris

Mr. Darren Kimura, Managing Director, Enerdigm Group, Inc.

Admiral Harris saying he wishes he was an Entrepreneur like Darren

Admiral Harris saying he wishes he was an Entrepreneur like Darren

Astronaut Tani saying he wishes he was an entrepreneur too!