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The Hydrogen Solution
Los Angeles' Green Energy Goals and Collaboration from Japan
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The potential role of hydrogen energy in decarbonizing society is increasingly recognized by governments throughout the world, industry, and the global investment community. Please join us for these important discussions on the prospects and opportunities related to Japan's efforts to create a robust and global hydrogen energy sector, to fuel the vision of a clean "Hydrogen Society."
Lauren Faber O'Connor
Chief Sustainability Officer,
City of Los Angeles
Lauren Faber O'Connor is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. In her role as Deputy CSO she drove the implementation of the Sustainable City pLAn, released in April 2015, which puts forth an actionable vision for transforming LA's environment, economy and equity. Working across every city department, Lauren focuses on strategic integration of the pLAn's pillars in order to reach the City's ambitious climate and clean energy goals, ensure benefits accrue to all communities in LA, and pursue regional and international collaborations. Prior to joining the Garcetti Administration, Lauren served for four years as the West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco. At EDF she worked on building successful strategies and constructive partnerships to win support on innovative approaches to protecting and promoting climate, clean energy, land, water and wildlife. In 2010 Lauren was appointed to Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was dedicated to the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act. Prior to her work at CalEPA, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group in Washington, D.C., where she advised on comprehensive national climate change and energy strategies for domestic and international companies, and non-government organizations, and in particular, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. From 2005-2009 Lauren served at the British Embassy as the Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy.
Lauren sits on the Board of the California League of Conservation Voters, is a member of the Catto Fellowship for environmental leadership at the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Truman National Security Project Political Partnership. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
Peter J. Sawicki
Regional Director, Sales and Marketing
Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
Peter Sawicki is the Regional Director for Sales and Marketing – Pacific West at Mitsubishi Power Americas, a major equipment supplier and energy solutions provider for the power industry. Peter is based in San Diego, CA and is responsible for Mitsubishi Power’s sales and marketing activities on the West Coast. Peter has over 25 years of experience in the power industry with roles in design engineering, project management, project development and sales. Peter earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and his MBA Finance from Fordham University.
GM/DirectorElectrified Vehicles & Technology Office,Corporate Strategy & PlanningToyota Motor North America
Mr. Scott is GM/Director of Electrified Vehicles & Technology Office, Corporate Strategy & Planning at Toyota Motor North America. Within his role, Craig is responsible for managing the planning and development of alternative fuel vehicle programs including the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and heavy duty commercial programs such as the Hino and Kenworth Class 8 trucks - the world’s first OEM-produced Class 8 vehicle. Previously he managed vehicle programs including Prius, Scion iQ EV and the Toyota i-Road urban mobility vehicle. In addition to vehicle development, Craig also oversees all US hydrogen infrastructure planning and implementation activities. He is responsible for the development of proprietary research work related to global energy issues and sustainable transportation systems. Prior to Toyota, Craig was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA.
Mr. Scott has a BS in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Southern California.
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The Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles
350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 1700 Los Angeles, CA 90028
About JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles
JAPAN HOUSE isa an innovative, worldwide project with three hubs, London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, conceived by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding of Japan in the international community. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles occupies two floors at Hollywood & Highland and offers a place of new discovery that transcends the physical and conceptual boundaries creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan through its spaces and diverse programs.
Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
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JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles & Love to Nippon Project
"Be Prepared! Lessons Learned on Readiness and Resilience"
The 10th Year Anniversary & Commemoration of
3.11.2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake & TsunamiWednesday, March 10, 2021
Program #1:"International Webinar Conference"
Due to its climate and topography, Japan is prone to natural disasters, and throughout history it has experienced more than its fair share of typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
In the upcoming complimentary webinar entitled, "Be Prepared! Lessons Learned on Readiness and Resilience," a panel of experts and a survivor of one of the strongest earthquakes in history will share how best to prepare for and survive a natural disaster. The event is especially timely as we commemorate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquakes and Tsunami and consider the recent ranking of the County of Los Angeles by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the riskiest county in the United States for natural disasters.
Attendees will hear a first-hand account of surviving a catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. They will learn about the recovery and rebuilding work in progress in Japan in the 10 years since 2011. That will be followed by presentations from top experts in the field of natural disasters and a panel discussion covering the key tactics to take before, during, and after a disaster to survive it.
The program will be emceed by Yuko Kaifu, President of Japan House LA, and moderated by David Ono, award-winning news anchor of ABC7. It will include both English and Japanese translations.
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"Words of Love & Light Prayers to Tohoku, Japan"
Virtual Candlelight Vigil Service & PerformancesWednesday, March 10, 2021
Program II will be a webinar event hosted by Love to Nippon Project and will include Video Messages from the US to Tohoku (Japan’s northeastern region). Virtual candlelight vigil service, music tributes and performances will follow. To honor the memory of those who have perished and to celebrate the resilient spirit of those rebuilding their lives, we will come together as a community to pray, remember and learn from the tragic experiences to help us in the future. We encourage members of your organization to participate and share the importance of natural disaster preparation.
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Public Affairs Series Presents:
-Fukushima 10 Years Later -
How Decades of Friendship and Cooperation Lead to the Success of Operation Tomodachi
Photos : Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
The webinar will be a discussion on the cooperation between the U.S. Armed Forces and Japanese Self-Defense Forces during Operation Tomodachi, which was a joint operation in response to the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that occurred in Fukushima in 2011. As 2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, we welcome Vice Admiral Hiromi Takashima Japan MSDF (ret.) and Admiral Patrick Walsh US Navy (ret.) to share their involvement in the relief efforts and provide insight on how the long-standing alliance between Japan and the United States largely contributed to the success of such a large-scale interagency collaboration. Their discussion will be moderated by award winning KTLA Anchor Frank Buckley.
Japan MSDF (ret.)
VADM Hiromi Takashima oversaw the JMSDF participation in Operation Tomodachi as Commander of JMSDF Yokosuka Regional District. In his career, he was also Vice Chief of Joint Staff (2008-2010), Commander of the JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet (2007-2008), and Defense Attache at the Japanese Embassy in Norway (1993-1996).
U.S. Navy (ret.)
Admiral Patrick Walsh is a retired, four-star Admiral where he served as the 59th Vice Chief of Naval Operations, a member of the Deputy Secretary of Defense-led Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), and provided testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Seapower Subcommittee. He held significant leadership positions to include roles in crisis action, conflict resolution, coalition building, and international diplomacy over the course of a 34 year career that began as a carrier-based, combat strike leader, and former Slot Pilot for the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and culminated in command of US Pacific Fleet, the largest naval force in the world where he led the US military response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and radiation release.
Frank Buckley anchors KTLA’s Emmy Award-winning signature broadcast, L.A.’s No.1-rated KTLA 5 Morning News. He is also the host/executive producer of the 30-minute TV show and podcast, Frank Buckley Interviews, airing on weekends on KTLA and also available on YouTube and all podcast platforms.
Frank’s reporting has taken him to nearly every community in Southern California and to many locations across the globe. In March 2011, Frank traveled to Japan for KTLA and reported from Sendai immediately after it was devastated by a tsunami and earthquake.
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Additional generous support is provided by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, the Aratani Foundation and the Japan Business Association of Southern California.
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