43rd Annual Joint Meeting of
The Midwest U.S. - Japan Association and
The Japan - Midwest U.S. Association

Innovation in a Changing Global Economy:
Post 3.11 Rebuild and Grow

Date: 9/25/11– 9/27/11
Location: Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, JAPAN

Please visite Midwest U.S. - Japan Association Website for more detail and registration.

  • Session I:   "Innovative Approaches for Growth"
  • Session II:  "Innovation in Energy and the Environment"
  • Session III: "Trade and Investment: Bilateral and Global Partnerships"

Japanese Speaker List

  • Yuzaburo Mogi, Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board, Kikkoman Corporation
  • Katsuaki Watanabe, Senior Advisor, Toyota
  • Tadashi Okamura, Advisor to the Board, Toshiba
  • Masamitsu Sakurai, Chairman, Ricoh Company, Ltd.
  • Junichi Ujiie, Senior Advisor to the Board, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Takeo Inokuchi, Senior Advisor, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group
  • Toru Nagashima, Chairman of the Board, Teijin
  • Amb. Ryozo Kato, Commissioner, Nippon Professional Baseball.
  • Kichisaburo Nomura, Executive Advisor, ANA
  • Yasuo Hayashi, Chairman, JETRO

Friday/Saturday, September 23rd & 24th

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Japanese Secretariat – Registration for Japanese Delegates (Nishi Room, 3rd fl)

Sunday, September 25th

9:00 - 10:00 am MWJA Board Meeting
(Room - tba)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm U.S. Secretariat – Registration for U.S. Delegates
(NIshi Room, 3rd fl)
Afternoon Optional Tours for Conference Delegates
6:30-8:45 pm Welcome Reception - Meiji Kinenkan
Dress is "business attire"

Monday, September 26th

(U.S. & Japanese Registration Desks – Peacock East Ballroom Foyer, 2nd fl)
8:00 am Conference Exhibit Opens
Conference Exhibit Opens – (Peacock East Foyer, 2nd fl)
(Coffee/tea service served in the Peacock East Foyer)
9:00 am - 10:30 am Opening Ceremony:
(Peacock East Ballroom, 2nd fl)
Opening Remarks:
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
Honorary Chairman, Kikkoman Corporation
Hon. James R. Thompson, U.S. Conference Chairman
Senior Chairman, Winston & Strawn & former Governor of Illinois
Welcome Remarks:
Hon. Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General of Japan in Detroit
Guest Speeches:
Gov. Terry Branstad, State of Iowa
Gov. Mark Dayton, State of Minnesota
Gov. Pat Quinn, State of Illinois
Gov. Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
Japanese Governors (to be advised shortly) 
10:30 am - 10:45 am Coffee Break
(Peacock East Foyer)
10:45 am - 11:40 am Keynote Addresses:
Japanese Presenter
H.E. John V. Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan (invited)
11:50 am - 1:15 pm Luncheon Program with Keynote Address:
(Fuji Room, 3rd Fl)
Japanese Speaker
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Plenary Session I: Executive Panel Discussion
"Innovative Approaches for Growth"
U.S. & Japanese Keynote Presenters 

U.S. & Japanese Panelists
Q&A Session
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
(Peacock East Foyer)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Plenary Session II: Executive Panel Discussion
"Innovation in Energy and the Environment"
U.S. & Japanese Panelists
Q&A Session
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Gala Dinner – Fuji Room, 3rd Fl
Cocktail Reception
Conference Dinner and Music Performance
Dress is "business attire"

Tuesday, September 27th

8:00 am Coffee/Tea service (Peacock East Foyer)
9:00 am -10:30 am Plenary Session III: Executive Panel Discussion - Peacock East Ballroom, 2nd Fl
"Trade and Investment: Bilateral & Global Partnerships"
U.S. & Japanese Panelists
Q&A Session
10:30 am - 10:45 am Coffee Break
(Peacock East Foyer)
10:45am - 12:00 pm Closing Ceremony:
Adoption of Joint Statement
Joint Statement: Chairman Mogi
Guest Speeches:
Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, State of Nebraska
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, State of Indiana 
Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, State of Ohio (invited)
Hon. George Hisaeda, Consul General of Japan at Chicago
Minnesota State Official (2012 Host State Presentation)
Closing Remarks:
Hon. James Thompson, U.S. Conference Chairman
Yuzaburo Mogi, Japan Conference Chairman
12:00 - 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch
(Fuji Room, 3rd Fl)