J-Bridge US Launch Event: Carbon Neutrality & Hydrogen Webinar

Aug 31, 2021

Join us for the launch of our new  'J-Bridge' business platform!


September 9th, 2021
8:00 - 10:00 PM EDT


English & Japanese (Simultaneous Interpretation)




The Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are hosting an upcoming webinar on the topic of Carbon Neutrality & Hydrogen. 


First, Japanese and US governmental organizations and leading global corporations will provide insight and perspectives on US-Japan partnerships in the field of Carbon Neutrality.


Next, JETRO will introduce its new “J-Bridge” business platform to foster Open Innovation and facilitate collaboration and alliances between Japanese and U.S. businesses in the Carbon Neutral sector.

Finally, there will be a series of pitches from select US companies in the field of Hydrogen Technology, followed by a Q&A session.


This webinar is free to attend, however advance registration is required.


For any inquiries, please contact: DXPT@jetro.go.jp.


  • Opening Remarks
    • KAJIYAMA Hiroshi - Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
      Gina M. Raimondo - U.S. Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Part 1Japanese and US Business Partnerships in the ‘Carbon Neutral’ Field
    • ① "Toward a Hydrogen Society"
      • KIHARA Shinichi - Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

    • "Hydrogen Policy in the US"
      • Elizabeth Urbanas - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Americas, U.S. Department of Energy

    • Keynote Speeches from Japanese and US companies
      • OGAWA Tetsuo - President and CEO, Toyota Motor North America
      • Andy Walz - President, Americas Fuels & Lubricants, Chevron
      • (Moderator) Ivana Jemelkova - Managing Director, FTI Consulting

  • Introduction to 'J-Bridge'
    • KAWADA Mio, Director-General, Invest Japan Department, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • Part 2Towards a Hydrogen Business Partnership
    • A Conversation on Best Practices between Japanese & US Companies
      • FUKUIZUMI Yasushi - Senior Fellow and Vice President, Energy Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
      • Rob Hanson, Co-Founder and CEO, Monolith Materials
      • (Moderator)  Ryosuke "Ricky" Sakai - Vice President, New Business Development, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America

    • Pitches from US Companies
      • Joel Ewanick - Chairman and CEO, FirstElement Fuel, Inc.
        Jon Gordon - Co-Founder, General Counsel and Head of Government Affairs and Partnerships, Universal Hydrogen Co.
        Dr. Preeti Pande - Chief Marketing Officer, Plug Power, Inc.
        Kareem Afzal - CEO, PDC Machines, Inc.

  • Q&A
  • Closing Remarks
    • SASAKI Nobuhiko, Chairman and CEO,  Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)