[Event] Japan-Texas Economic Summit by the U.S.-Japan Council – Houston, TX

Apr 01, 2018

Japan-Texas Economic Summit

Join business leaders, investors, and government officials for

a networking event to explore business development opportunities between Japanese and Texan companies.


May 7-9, 2018

Day 1: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM CST
            (Check-in at noon)
Day 2: 7:30 AM-10:00 PM CST
Day 3: 7:30 AM-5:00 PM CST

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

*$209/night discount rate available until April 16, 2018 with discount code USJC

Early Registration Fee
General Public - $350
USJC Members - $290

Regular Registration Fee
General Public - $400
USJC Members - $350

*Register by March 31, 2018 to take advantage of early bird rates!

Register for the Japan-Texas Economic Summit by the US-Japan Council



The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) is pleased to announce the Japan-Texas Economic Summit, an event that will examine the historic trade ties between Japan and Texas and explore business development opportunities between Japanese and Texan businesses.

Following the highly successful Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit in 2017, the Japan-Texas Economic Summit will bring together business leaders, investors, state and local officials, and economic development organizations from across the Lone Star State and Japan for trade and partnership purposes.

Texas is a leading destination for foreign direct investment from Japan. As of 2013, Texas is the fourth most popular state for Japanese business investment. Japan-based companies located in Texas include American Honda Motor Company, Canon USA, Fujifilm USA, Hitachi Data Systems, Kawasaki Motors USA, Toshiba Business Solutions, Sony Electronics, and others.

The Summit will feature keynote addresses by prominent leaders from both countries, showcase Texas cities and their economic development opportunities, and focus on topics of importance to the Japan-Texas relationship such as industry innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance, national security and more.

Save the date on your calendar to join us for extraordinary networking at what will be a momentous step forward in the Japan-Texas economic partnership!

Please contact USJC Director of Partnerships & Development Akiko Otani at aotani@usjapancouncil.org for more information.


Monday, May 7, 2018

12:00 noon~

Conference Registration

6:00-8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the State of Texas. Visiting officials and prefectural delegations from Japan will be honored.

7:30 PM~

Sponsors Dinner (by invitation only)

A private dinner for sponsors and VIP dignitaries.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7:30-9:00 AM


9:00-10:30 AM

Morning Plenary Session 

  1. Welcome, Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses
  2. Plenary Panel Discussion – Open for Business: Opportunities for Japanese Companies in Texas 

10:30-11:00 AM


11:00-12:15 PM

Breakout Session (4 concurrent panel discussions)

  1. Security & Defense: National Security in the United States and Japan
  2. Energy & Environment Outlook: Japan and Texas
  3. Healthcare & Medical: Medical Innovation Hubs Solving U.S.-Japan Health Issues 
  4. Education & Workforce Development: Texas-Japan Partnerships – Preparing the Workforce of the Future 

12:15-12:30 PM 


12:30-2:15 PM

Luncheon Plenary Session 

Special Remarks & Keynote Addresses

2:15-2:30 PM


2:30-3:30 PM

Insight Talks

3:30-3:45 PM


3:45-4:45 PM

Plenary Panel Discussion 

Looking Abroad: Business Expansion Opportunities in Japan

4:45-5:00 PM


5:00-6:00 PM

Regional Economic Development Presentations 
Economic development presentations and previews of hospitality suites.

6:00-10:00 PM

Regional Hospitality Rooms

Rooms hosted by cities across the State of Texas and sometimes including 
their sister cities in Japan. Food and beverage will be provided.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast & Business Networking (Subject Matter Expert & Regional Economic Development Council Tables) 

9:00-10:30 AM

Morning Plenary Session 

  1. Special Remarks & Keynote Address 
  2. Plenary Panel Discussion – Industry Innovations & Collaborations: The Texas-Japan Connection 

10:30-11:00 AM


11:00-12:30 PM

Closing Plenary Session

  1. Plenary Panel Discussion - Japan-Texas Culinary Exchanges
  2. USJC Building the Future 
  3. Closing Remarks 

1:30 PM~

Optional Offsite Tours 


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Greg Abbott Mitsuru Claire Chino Henry Cisneros Bruce Culpepper

Governor of Texas.


President & CEO,


International Inc.

Founder & Chairman,



Shell Oil

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Takeshi Ebisu Shigeru
Shigeki Maeda Hideaki Ohmura

President and CEO,
Goodman Global
Group, Inc.

Vice Chairman,

of the Board of 
Toyota Motor 

Vice Chair, 

Executive Vice
Japan External
Trade Organization


Aichi Prefecture,

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Rolando Pablos Tom Schieffer Rona Tison Sylvester Turner

Texas Secretary of State

Former U.S.

Ambassador to

EVP - Corporate
Relations & PR, ITO
EN (North America)

Mayor of

Houston, TX


U.S.-Japan Council


Borderplex Alliance, City of El Paso, City of Houston, City of San Antonio, Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, Free Trade Alliance San Antonio, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston First, JACL Texas, Japan America Society Houston, Japan America Society Greater Austin, Japan America Society San Antonio, Japan Business Association of Houston, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), McAllen Economic Development Corporation, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, State of Texas Texas Forest Country Partnership, and many others.


Cole Chemical, Gondo Company, Inc., Hayabusa Energy Group, Houston Methodist Research Institute, ITO EN (North America) INC., Kuraray, Texas Central Rail, and many others. 


For information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please click here. For information about hosting a Hospitality Meeting Room, please click here.