Japan-America Society of Indiana
2024 Japan Currents Symposium


Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

Registration: 1:30 pm | Program: 2:00 pm | Networking Reception: 5:00 pm

Grand Hall at Union Station
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown

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The JASI Japan Currents Symposium is a much-anticipated signature event, providing a business, economic, and international relations outlook. Speakers include Japan-related industry representatives as well as internationally recognized experts. 

This year’s program, “The Intersection of Investment and Innovation”, will focus on new technologies, new energies, updates on industry trends, and geopolitical considerations for the Japan-U.S. alliance. 

“The Intersection of Investment and Innovation”

We’re pleased to welcome in his new role, Scott Brand, President and COO of Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., (SIA), who will provide remarks from SIA. Scott is the incoming President as of April 1, and will be the first American to serve in this position. 

Tony Satterthwaite, Senior Vice President of Cummins, Inc., will give the Keynote Corporate Presentation speaking on Cummins’ Destination Zero strategy of decarbonizing their products in a way that is best for all stakeholders, the role Japan plays, and the support from Japan-based partnerships. Notably, Mr. Satterthwaite represented Cummins during the visit of President Biden to the company.

Colonel Van T. Thai, newly appointed Commander of the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, will speak on the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Colonel Thai most recently served as the U.S. Director of Operations and Exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, from where he will be coming directly to Indiana. His service has included many leadership assignments in Japan. Colonel Thai received the Japan Cooperation Medal presented by Japan Air Self Defense Force in 2023.

The program will include The Honorable Jun Yanagi, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago; Hiroyuki Nemoto, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago; Ann Lathrop, Chief Strategy Officer, Indiana Economic Development Corporation; and Andy Wylegala, President, National Association of Japan-America Societies.

Panel presentations will showcase Japan-invested businesses and joint-ventures which are bringing forward exciting innovations.

Panelist Speakers:

Tatsuya Inoue, General Manager, Metals Company,
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Tokyo

Kazumi Kikuchi, President, North America,
Idemitsu Lubricants America, Michigan

Kent Anderson, General Manager & Special Advisor,
Yajima USA, Lafayette

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Scott Brand
President & COO
Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Tony Satterthwaite
Senior Vice President
Cummins, Inc.
Col. Van T. Thai, Commander
434th Air Refueling Wing
Grissom Air Reserve Base

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The Honorable Jun Yanagi
Consul-General of Japan in Chicago
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

Hiroyuki Nemoto
Chief Executive Director
JETRO Chicago

Ann Lathrop
Chief Strategy Officer
Indiana Economic
Development Corporation

The Japan Currents Symposium draws business, community, government, and economic development leaders from throughout the state and the Midwest region. The conference is presented by the Japan-America Society of Indiana in partnership with the Embassy of Japan and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. 

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