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Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909
An in-depth discussion about Suntory’s globalization and the future of US-Japan business relations.
Chief Executive Officer
Suntory Holdings Limited
Bringing Together East and West”
Suntory was founded in Osaka in 1899 and built Japan’s first distillery in Yamazaki in 1923 to create a genuine Japanese whisky, completely different from Scotch. Its Yamazaki and Hibiki whiskies, among other products, have won international awards and the company has diversified its business into beer, soft drinks, coffee, and many other popular consumer brands.
Suntory's globalization drive gained momentum with the acquisition of Beam. Today, Suntory Group is one of the world's leading consumer products companies with nearly 40,000 employees and 300 group companies and operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Tak will share his perspectives on Suntory’s globalization and how he sees the future of US-Japan business relations.
Tak Niinami started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation before becoming CEO of Lawson and then Suntory. Since taking the helm of Suntory in 2014, he has led the company’s global strategic growth, shepherding the successful integration of Beam Suntory.
Outside of Suntory, Tak serves on the Tax Commission of Japan, and the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors of Keidanren – Japan Business Foundation. Tak is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Business Council in the US. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.
Consul General Akira Muto
Vice President & Regional Manager, Southwestern Region, U.S.A.
President, Japan Buesiness Association of Southern California
Q&A and Discussion Moderator
Director, Center for Transnational Law and Business
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
USC Gould School of Law
Board of Governor, JASSC
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Tuesday, February 18, 20204:30pm Registration
5:00pm Keynote Address and Q&A
6:15pm 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
$35 JAS, JBA, USJC, LAWAC/Town Hall and LA Chamber Members
$45 Non-Members or Guests
$95 Admission plus 1 year NEW JASSC Individual Membership
(Individual Membership is normally $75. Not valid for membership renewals)
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Japan Currents is made possible by a generous grant from the Embassay of Japan in the U.S.A. and supported by the National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.
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.
Japanese Language & Culture Team Competition for High School Students
To register a team for the competition, please follow this link: Japan Bowl® of California
Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast* (Available for purchase separately)
9:00am Opening Ceremony 9:35am Preliminary Rounds (Registration is Required)
11:20am Lunch* (Bento lunch boxes available for purchase separately)
1:15pm - 4:00pm Championship Rounds (Open to public)4:30pm Awards Ceremony
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Japan Bowl® of California is an academic team competition that tests the achievements and caliber of high school students who are studying the Japanese Language. This uniquely designed high school contest evaluates not only the students’ proficiency of the Japanese language, but also their knowledge about Japan as a country. Japan Bowl recognizes their efforts to study such a complex language and encourages these students to enhance their Japanese language skills even further each year.
The competition format models popular quiz shows such as, “It’s Academic,” the longest-running television high school quiz show in the world. Teams sent to Japan Bowl® can compete at three different levels depending on how long they have studied Japanese.
This challenging and exciting atmosphere created at Japan Bowl® allows students of all levels to showcase their Japanese language skills and knowledge. Students will also have opportunities to make connections with new language partners from all over California who have a similar interest in Japanese.
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.
Family members and friends are welcome to join the students at breakfast and lunch for $20/person. Lunch is a traditional Japanese bento box. Please select the option during registration.
For additional details, visit www.jas-socal.org/JapanBowl
2020 Major Sponsors
We thank our generous sponsors and supporters for making Japan Bowl possible!
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.