U.S.-Japan Conference: Navigating Business, Economy & Technology

May 2, 2024
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Immediately following Prime Minister Kishida’s official state visit to President Biden in Washington D.C., it has become clear that the strategic U.S.-Japan alliance is more at the forefront of global politics than ever. Following a state dinner (reserved only for the closest U.S. allies) Biden and Kishida announced a range of moves intending to enhance economic and geopolitical initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Kishida’s visit could not have come at a more august time with Japanese stocks soaring and a strong U.S. economy. As Biden works to solidify the U.S.-Japan relationship before the upcoming election, what will the economic effects of these robust new initiatives be? 

Join us for a half-day conference dedicated to an in-depth discussion of topics relevant to this key moment in the U.S.-Japan alliance covering crucial developments in business, economy, and technology. This conference features high-profile speakers, including business leaders and leading authorities in the U.S.-Japan space. We invite you to join us for this enriching discussion that aims to deepen our understanding of the current U.S.-Japan landscape and foster stronger bilateral relations. 


2:00 – 2:30pm: Keynote Session with Professor Haruhiko Kuroda
2:30 – 3:30pm: Keynote Session with Mr. Takeshi Niinami and Mr. Douglas Peterson
3:30 – 3:45pm: Coffee Break
3:45 – 4:45pm: Panel Discussion on Technology
4:45 – 5:45pm: Reception

Keynote Sessions

U.S.-Japan Economic & Business Outlook for 2024 and Beyond

Amidst the backdrop of soaring Japan stocks and a resilient U.S. economy, the business landscape in the United States and Japan is characterized by growth and promising opportunities. In 2023, the U.S. economy demonstrated robust growth, carrying forward the positive momentum into 2024. Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei stock index soared to an all-time high in February 2024, propelled by optimistic expectations for strong corporate performance, surpassing the previous record set in 1989. As we venture further into 2024, questions loom regarding the trajectory of both economies. What lies ahead for the United States and Japan? How do global leaders perceive these pivotal markets? In this program, keynote speakers explore the current economic climate in the United States and Japan, and potential opportunities shaping the U.S.-Japan business landscape.

Keynote #1

Haruhiko Kuroda, Former Governor, Bank of Japan; Visiting Professor, International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Merit E. Janow, Dean Emerita, & Professor of Practice, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University; Chair of the Board of Directors, Japan Society

Keynote #2
Takeshi Niinami, President & CEO, Suntory Holdings Limited
Douglas Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global

Eri Kakuta, Partner, PJT Partners

Panel Discussion

Technology Innovation in the U.S. & Japan: What’s Ahead?

The past decade has witnessed remarkable technological breakthroughs, from artificial intelligence to robots to electric vehicles, sparking competition among nations to remain at the forefront of progress. As technological advancement accelerates, countries such as the U.S. and Japan must strategically adapt to these shifts to maintain their competitive edge. In which areas do the U.S. and Japan excel in terms of technology, and how can they leverage each other’s strengths through collaboration? This program explores the digital transformation strategies of Japan and the U.S., discussing their stance on technology and innovation, identifying opportunities and challenges, and highlighting areas for potential cooperation between the two nations.

Linda Kirkpatrick, President, the Americas, Mastercard
Sidney Olinyk, Founder & CEO, Duco
Akihisa Shiozaki, Member, House of Representatives and Liberal Democratic Party; Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D., President & CEO, Japan Society

Ticket/Admission Information

This is a paid event with advance registration required. Tickets are available for free to our corporate members. (Corporate member code is required to register for the event.) Please note that seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. 

About the Participants

For full speaker bios, please visit the biographies page.

Merit E. Janow
Eri Kakuta
Linda Kirkpatrick
Haruhiko Kuroda
Takeshi Niinami
Sidney Olinyk
Douglas Peterson
Akihisa Shiozaki
Joshua W. Walker

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Business & Policy programs are generously supported by Japan Society Global Leaders & Corporate Partners.

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Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

  • Thursday, May 2, 2024
  • 2:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Registration
  • $50 Nonmembers
  • $40 Members
  • * Corporate Members - Free
  • $40 Academic & Government

Online registration for this event is closed. If you would like to register for the event, please contact the Business & Policy Forum at [email protected].

* Free, up to designated number of tickets. Additional tickets $40.

Corporate code required. Complimentary tickets for corporate members: Chair Circle – 50; President Circle – 25; Executive Circle – 10; Associate Circle – 5