Monday, April 29, 2013

Japan speaks in Washington

In Japan, this is Golden Week. For Washington this means that there will an influx of official visitors from Japan.

The following Cabinet ministers are expected in Washington this week:

Foreign Affairs Minister Kishida Fumio
Education Minister Shimomura Hakubun*
Economics and Trade Minister Motegi Toshimitsu
Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori
Public Safety Commissioner Furuya Keiji* (visited Yasukuni 4/21/13)
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Yamamoto Ichita
Senior Vice Minister of Cabinet Office Nishimura Yasutoshi

*signed ad criticizing the validity of Comfort Women claims in the November 4, 2012 New Jersey Star Ledger. Minister Furuya also visited Palisades Park, New Jersey in May 2012 to ask the mayor to remove a memorial to the Comfort Women.

Here are the public events on Japan we know of and will update as needed:

ABENOMICS AND THE FUTURE OF U.S.-JAPAN RELATIONS: JAPAN’S GROWTH STRATEGY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE U.S. ECONOMY. 4/29, 5:00-6:00pm. Sponsor: US-Japan Research Institute. Speaker: The Honorable Yasutoshi Nishimura, Senior Vice Minister of Cabinet Office.

US-JAPAN ADVANCED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM: LINEAR COLLIDER COLLABORATION (LCC). 4/30, 1:00-5:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: KEK, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization; Government of Japan. Keynote Speakers: Minister of Education Hirofumi Shimomura; Member of the House of Representatives Takeo Kawamura, Chair of Diet League to Support ILC; Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman; Japan Innovation Conference Chair Hiroshi Masuda; Executive Office of the President, Physical Sciences Deputy Jerry Blazey; ILC U.S. Regional Chief Mike Harrison . Location: Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. (location given as not mentioned on agenda)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH: A US –JAPAN PUBLIC-PRIVATE FORUM. 4/30, 3:00-5:00pm. Sponsor: Carnegie. Speaker: John P. Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science and Technology; and Ichita Yamamoto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy; Dr. Michiharu Nakamura (President, Japan Science and Technology Agency); Dr. Hidetoshi Kotera (Executive Vice-President for External Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer and Innovation, Kyoto University); Mr. Mitsuhiko Yamashita (Member of the Board and Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.);Dr. Keiji Kojima (Vice President and Executive Officer/General Manager, Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Research Laboratory); Dr. Keith R. Yamamoto (Vice Chancellor for Research, UCSF and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine); Dr. Charles M. Vest (President, National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

INDIA-JAPAN PARTNERSHIP: ITS CHANGING DYNAMICS IN THE POST-COLD WAR YEARS. 5/1, 12:30-1:45pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Sigur Center, George Washington University. Speaker: Dr. K.V. Kesavan, specialist in the field of Japanese Studies, distinguished fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

ELEVEN PLUS ONE: JAPAN'S BID TO JOIN THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP. 5/1, 8:00am-2:00pm. Sponsor: Global Business Dialogue (GBD). Speakers: Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Acting United States Trade Representative; The Hon. Clayton Yeutter (invited) of Hogan Lovells, Wendy Cutler from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Everett Eissenstat from the Senate Finance Committee staff, Nick Giordano of the National Pork Producers Council, Bill Lane of Caterpillar, Paul Neureiter of Amgen.

INNOVATION IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: JOINT DEVELOPMENT WITH THE U.S. AND JAPAN. 5/1, 10:30am-12:40pm, lunch, Washington, DC. Sponsor: US-Japan Research Institute. Speaker: Hakubun Shimomura, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

ABDUCTIONS OF JAPANESE CITIZENS BY NORTH KOREA. 5/2, 2:30-5:00pm. Sponsor: Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan. Speakers: Keiji Furuya, Japan’s Minister of State for the Abduction Issues; Ambassador Robert King, US Special Envoy, North Korean Human Rights Issues; Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Advisor and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS).

THE MAUREEN AND MIKE MANSFIELD FOUNDATION 30TH ANNIVERSARY CAPITOL HILL SYMPOSIUM. 5/3, 9:00am-Noon. Sponsor: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Speakers: Walter F. Mondale, former Vice President of the United States and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan; J. Thomas Schieffer, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan; Susan Pharr, Professor of Japanese Politics, Harvard University; Robert Kimmitt, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State; Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America; Kurt Campbell, Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO, The Asia Group, LLC.

GROWTH, ENERGY, AND ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP: JAPAN’S CURRENT OBSTACLES AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES. 5/3, 3:00-3:50pm. Sponsor: CNAPS Brookings. Speakers: Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan; Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings.

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