Top U.S.-Japan Leaders To Convene In Seattle To Discuss Business, Entrepreneurship And Marine Debris Management On October 5

SEATTLE, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2012 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference will highlight business and entrepreneurial collaboration between the U.S. and Japan headed up by its keynote speakers:

  • Acting Secretary Rebecca M. Blank, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Raymond L. Conner, President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Takeshi Niinami, CEO, Lawson Inc.


Blank and Conner will make keynote remarks from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Featured Speakers:

  • Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Junichi Ihara, Director-General of North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Senator Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore and United States Senator (HI)
  • Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Vice-Chairman, Hill & Knowlton; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

This is the first time the Annual Conference will take place in Seattle, recognizing the vital and historic relationship between Japan and the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include:

  • Marine Debris Management Panel: Japan recently committed $6 million to the U.S. and Canada to assist with clean-up of the 1.5 million tons of debris predicted to wash ashore as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Japanese government and non-profit sector will seek innovative solutions in this area. (2:15-3:45 p.m., Senate Room)
  • TOMODACHI Tohoku Challenge (TTC) Final Round: The top three finalists will compete in front of a panel of esteemed judges before the winner is announced during a special luncheon session. TTC is an innovative business plan competition focused on entrepreneurial solutions to economic challenges in the post-quake Tohoku region of Japan. The purpose is to identify a venture business that will bring innovation and employment to the Tohoku region. (10:45.a.m.-12:15 p.m., Congress Room) & (12:30-2:00 p.m., Spanish Ballroom)
  • Other topics include: Economic Collaboration, New Technology, Mental Health, Education, Biomedical/Healthcare, Supporting the NPO/NGO Sector and Entrepreneurship. AGENDA:

Media Information:
Date: Friday, October 5, 2012 (9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.)
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, Washington 98101
About the U.S.-Japan Council:
Registration: Click here to visit the media registration page or call Laura Goldstein at 484-535-2720 (cell). Media registration is 6:30-8:30 a.m. on Oct. 5.

SOURCE The U.S.-Japan Council