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Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909
US-Japan Business Trend Outlook for 2019
Our expert speakers will share their perspectives on Japan, US-Japan business trends, trade and how they see the future of US-Japan relations as we enter a new world of fundamental geopolitical changes, particularly those centered in Asia, and rising nationalism and protectionism around the world. The event will highlight U.S.-Japan connections at the national, state and local levels, including Japanese economic and business ties with Southern California that remind us why a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is important for our collective livelihood here.
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Thursday, February 21, 20192:30pm Registration
6:00pm Networking Reception
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Map & DirectionsValet parking only, $16 per vehicle
Keynote Speaker: “Multilateral Trading System and US - Japan Cooperation”
The Honorable Junichi Ihara
伊原純一 大使Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Mission of Japan to the Int’l Organizations in Geneva
Chairman, General Counsel, World Trade Organization
Immediate Past Director-General, Asian & Oceanian Affairs Bureau, MOFA
Past Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles (2008–2011)
Ambassador Junichi Ihara is past, extremely popular, Consul General of Japan in LA. Afterwards, he was General-Director for Asiana, where he was the lead negotiator with North Korea. Today he is Permanent Ambassador to Geneva and was elected Chairman of the General Counsel of the WTO. This event marks his first visit to LA since his posting here from 2008-2011.
Ambassador Ihara will discuss challenges facing the WTO and multilateral trading system, including the US unilateral trade measures and the impasse of the dispute settlement mechanism; then, different from a general image that the US creates many of the problems, he will share some concrete examples in which questions raised by the US are legitimate and that Japan collaborate closely with the US on those issues; we sometimes differ in terms of approach, but in substance, we are allies even in trade policy areas.
社会の変化や科学技術の進歩により未来の仕事はどうなるのか、国際労働機関（ILO）設立100周年の本年にあわせて、世界の有識者による議論が行われています。また一方的関税措置などで揺れるWTOでも、危機を改革につなげていこうという動きが生まれており、一般理事会議長としてメンバー国の意向を形にするプロセスの一翼を担ってきました。2019年のジュネーブは、課題山積ですが、そのことを踏まえた上で、斬新な発想をする“thinking out of the box” が、求められているように思います。 激動の時代において、日米協力の重要性、そして世界がどう動き、私たちはどうすべきなのかを考えます。
Keynote Speaker: “Unconventional Strategy Delivers Remarkable Results – Quantum Growth in a Flat Market”
Tomoshige "Tomo" Mizutani
Chairman & CEO, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.
Chairman, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
President & CEO, Toyo Tire North America OE Sales LLC
Tomo Mizutani is Chairman and CEO of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., as well as Chairman of Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp, President and CEO of Toyo Tire North America OE Sales LLC and senior corporate officer of Toyo Tire & Rubber Corp., LTD., for both the Nitto and Toyo Tire brands. He is a graduate of Kobe University.
In 1992, when Tomo was assigned to the US, Nitto Tire had three employees, $8 million in inventory, and annual sales estimated at only $6 million (more inventory than sales). In addition, Nitto's largest client, which purchased 2/3 of total Nitto sales, was about to go bankrupt.
To overcome this crisis, Tomo was moved to mastermind and execute aggressive strategies. Today, Nitto Tire holds a strong and loyal fan base – including renowned US athletes and even robots in a hit Hollywood movie. On Facebook, Nitto Tire has 12 million likes, which is the largest following in the tire industry.
It has been an inspiring journey – from Tomo’s first time living in the US, with limited knowledge of the US tire industry, to how he transformed the Nitto brand into a leading off-road and street performance tires experience. His story has been recognized by many business schools and universities. Tomo has been invited to speak at USC MBA, UCLA, UCI, Chapman, Clemson, Pepperdine University and graduate schools. In addition to speaking engagements at universities, he has been a keynote speaker at the Harvard Business School Alumni Associations in Orange County and New York.
Now, he finally gets to share his story with fellow JAS members and guests.
ハーバード・ビジネススクール アラムナイクラブ ニューヨーク支部、オレンジカウンティ支部 特別講師Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. 会長兼CEO
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. 会長
Toyo Tire North America OE Sales LLC 社長兼CEO
さらに、講演会は、ハーバード大学院 ビジネス・スクールAlumni Orange Countyに続き、New Yorkでも好評を博す。今回、Los Angelesで実現の運びとなった貴重なプレゼンテーションを披露致します。
Japan Matters for America Initiative
Satu Limaye, Ph.D.サトゥ・リメイェ博士
Director, East-West Center, Washington, D.C.
Senior Adviser, CNA Corporation
Satu Limaye is Director of the East-West Center, Washington, D.C. He will speak on the EWC’s “Japan Matters for America Initiative.” His three take-aways will be –
Japan Update Moderator / モデレーター
Kaori Iida飯田香織 氏
Los Angeles Bureau Chief, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)Past Senior Economics Correspondent, Wash., D.C. News Bureau, NHK
$60 JAS, JCC, JBA, HBSASC Members
$75 Non-Members or Guests
$115 Admission plus 1 year NEW JASSC Individual Membership (not valid for membership renewals)
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Japan Update is presented by the JASSC and it is supported by the JBA and by an “Opinion Leaders” grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. Cooperating Organization include the Harvard Business School Association of Southern California.
To register a team for the competition, please follow this link: Japan Bowl® of California
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Registration - 8:00am - 9:00am
Preliminary Rounds - 9:30am - 11:20am (Registration is Required) Championship Rounds - 1:15 - 4:00pm (Open to public, no registration is needed)
Awards Ceremony - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Championship Rounds and the Awards Ceremony is open to the public, we encourage you to attend and support the students!
Please note absolutely no photography, video taping or audio recording is allowed during the competition.
For additional details, visit www.jas-socal.org/JapanBowl
2018 Major Sponsors
We thank our generous sponsors and supporters for making Japan Bowl possible!
Sanders Charitable Fund
Japan Bowl® is a registered trademark of The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc. The Japan Bowl® name and logo may be used only with the permission of The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc.
The Japan America Society of Southern California is accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 8th TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Program, a two-week people-to-people exchange and learning program in early summer 2019.
Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) TOMODACHI Initiative and sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), including MUFG Bank, Ltd. and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., the exchange program offers a homestay experience with a Japanese family, visits to cities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as educational and cultural visits to the cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima.
The purpose of the exchange program is to enhance the students’ understanding of Japan, its people, language, culture and to learn about the challenges for a sustainable society as well as leadership. The program expenses are provided by MUFG.
Contents of the Program: (Subject to change)
Objective: To educate and foster youth who will be the future leaders in US-Japan relations by incorporating the 2 goals within the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN
Click here for additional program details and application forms
Read more on past TOMODACHI MUFG International Exchange Programs