USJCAC 2017!

Thank you for joining us in Washington, DC for great discussions about the economy, diversity, leadership, culture, energy, trade, healthcare, millennials and much more in the context of U.S.-Japan relations!


  1. The 2017 Annual Conference kicked off on Monday, November 13. Over 700 USJC members, sponsors and supporters joined us at the JW Marriott in downtown Washington, DC.
  2. USJC board member Tracey Doi and USJC president Irene Hirano Inouye kicked off the day with opening remarks.
  3. The morning plenary session opened with keynote speakers including Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation; Nobuchika Mori, Commissioner of the Japanese Financial Services Agency; and Kazuhiko Toyama, Managing Partner of the Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. They talked about the current state of the economic and security environments and the importance of cooperation between the United States and Japan.
  4. Breakout sessions followed with discussions on corporate Japan and the economy, innovation hubs, healthcare, public service and U.S.-Japan current affairs.
  5. The conference then moved into the luncheon plenary session, with remarks from speakers from both sides of the aisle, including Suzanne Boda, SVP - Los Angeles for American Airlines, Kathy Matsui, Vice-Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan Co. Ltd., and keynote speakers Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Masayoshi Yoshino Japanese Minister for Reconstruction; and Wilbur L. Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
  6. Matthew Goodman, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy & Senior Advisor for Asian Economics at CSIS sat down for a plenary discussion during lunch. He spoke about regional relations beyond Washington and Tokyo with Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the United States; Tom Schieffer, Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan & CEO of Envoy International and Haruno Yoshida, President & Representative Director of BT Japan Corporation and Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors for Keidanren.