Japan Today and Its Economic Importance to Indiana, Asia, and the Globe

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.         Program
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.         Reception

Regency Ballroom on the Second Floor
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

One South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204

Members (JASI, IJC, IMA, & IEDA): $50      Public: $70
University Students: Free with ID

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This special program will be led by His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan's Ambassador to the United States, and The Honorable Mitch Daniels, Governor of the State of Indiana. Following their keynote addresses, two panels of distinguished speakers will provide current Japan-U.S.-Asian economic perspectives and will also focus on Japan's manufacturing industry, it's remarkable recovery, trends in the global supply chain, and projections for grown and localization in the Midwest region.

Opening Remarks
The Honorable Mitch Daniels
Governor, State of Indiana

Keynote Address
His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America

Panel Discussions

"U.S. - Japan - Asia Economic Overview"

Discussion of the Japan-U.S. relationship in the context of Asian regionalism; the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement's potential enhancement of growth and investment; current economic trends including the impact of currency rates on manufacturing; Japan's recovery from the disasters; amd civic/government response in Japan to the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis.

Moderator and Panelist:    Harrison C. Cook, Vice President, International Government Affairs
Eli Lilly and Company, Washington D.C.
Kiyoaki Aburaki,Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Washington, D.C.
Ellen Frost, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and National Defense University
Daniel P. Aldrich, AAAS Fellow at United States Agency for International Development
Associate Professor of Political Science, Purdue University

"Manufacturing Perspectives"

Panelists will share their companies' perspectives on manufacturing and industry post 3.11, including the impact of the disasters on their operations, and resulting trends and forecasts for the future, including the transition and regionalization of the supplier circles.

Moderator and Panelist:   Kim Hill, Director and Associate Research Director, Center for Automotive Research
David Thomas, Plant Manger, Keihin North America
Jason Puckett, General Manager of Production Control, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana
Andy Snider, Business Division Manager, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana

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Sponsored by:

Supporting Organization:

Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
Indiana Economic Development Association
Indiana Japan Chamber
Indiana Manufacturers Association
JETRO Chicago