Presented by
Japan-America Society of Indiana
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Grand Hall, Union Station, Indianapolis
123 W Louisiana St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

Registration - 1:30 PM
Program - 2:00 PM
Networking Reception - 5:30 PM

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Indiana . . . the crossroads of manufacturing, innovation, technology, and collaboration. Explore these topics and industry trends at the Japan Currents Symposium 2023 presented by the Japan-America Society of Indiana on Wednesday, March 15th, in the Grand Hall of Union Station, downtown Indianapolis. The program is presented in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) and the Embassy of Japan.

The Japan Currents Symposium (also known as “the Update”), is JASI’s largest public affairs offering, providing a business and international relations outlook for the year, with discussion of developments for Japan and Indiana. Now in its twelfth year, the program has grown to become a signature event in the Midwest, drawing business, community, government, and economic development leaders from throughout the state and region. 

We’re honored to welcome Shuji Onizawa, Indiana Auto Plant Lead, Honda Development and Manufacturing of America, in his first remarks with the Japan-America Society of Indiana. JASI is pleased to join with Honda in showcasing the Fifteenth Anniversary of the establishment of the Honda Indiana Auto Plant in Greensburg, Indiana.  

Consul-General of Japan Hiroshi Tajima of the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago which serves a ten-state region including Indiana, will give the opening address.   

Hiroyuki Nemoto, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, will give his first remarks with JASI in presenting key data from the JETRO Survey of Japan Businesses. 

Thomas Shiekman, Senior Vice President and Global Lead for the Automotive & Mobility Practice of Intralink, an international business development and innovation consultancy specializing in Asia, will speak to Japan-related Trends in the Automotive Industry.  

Panel presentations will showcase Japan-invested businesses in Indiana which involve technology and innovation.

We hope you will join us for this year’s Japan Currents Symposium!

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Shuji Onizawa
Indiana Auto Plant Lead
Honda Development &
Manufacturing of America

The Honorable
Hiroshi Tajima
Consul-General of Japan in Chicago

Hiroyuki Nemoto
Chief Executive Director
JETRO Chicago

Thomas Shiekman
Senior Vice President for the Automotive & Mobility Practice
Intralink, Silicon Valley


Takeo Fujimoto, Manager
Nomura Research Institute Holdings America, Dallas

Yoya Fukuda, President
Kimura Foundry America, Shelbyville

Hiroyuki Oshida, Chief Expert
Nomura Research Institute Holdings America, New York City

Andrea Richter-Garry, Senior Vice President for Global Strategy & Engagement
Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Jim Riggs, President & CEO
NTN Driveshaft, Columbus

Tracy Stachniak, Vice President of Human Resources
Toyota Material Handling, Columbus

Greg Stevens, Chief Operating Officer
Flexware Innovation, Indianapolis

Masaaki Tatsuke, Vice President, Strategy
Hitachi Industrial Holdings Americas, Chicago

Andrew Wylegala, President
National Association of Japan-America Societies, Wash D.C.