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Japan Update Houston 2016

  • The Petroleum Club of Houston 1201 Louisiana Street Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)

JASH is pleased to present Japan Update - The Japan-Houston Relationship in the New Japan-USA Dynamic, on February 19, 2016. 

This conference, made possible by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS), will provide the Houston-Harris County community with information on the evolving United States-Japan relationship.

Over the last several years, Houston and Harris County have welcomed a large number of new Japanese companies and residents.  During this period, the greater Houston area has witnessed substantial new Japanese investment in the areas of oil and gas exploration, construction and ownership of LNG facilities, air conditioning, electrical equipment, manufacturing, petrochemicals, environmental services, aerospace, medical technology and services, and process engineering.

Join distinguished guests and industry leaders for an in-depth look at the Japan-US/Houston alliance in the areas of security, trade and investment, and energy


8:30 AM | Breakfast

9:30 AM | Keynote Address

10:00 AM | Trade & Investment Panel

11:15 AM | Energy Panel


  • Admiral Dennis Blair,

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sasakawa USA and former director U.S. National Intelligence and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command.


  • Ambassador Thomas Schieffer, former Ambassador of the United States to Japan
  • Bob Harvey, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership
  • Marc Watts, Chair Pro Tem of the Board of Directors Houston Branch, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and President, The Friedkin Group Inc.
  • George Avdey, President, Kuraray America, Inc.


  • Hisanori Nei, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
  • Michelle Foss, Chief Energy Economist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Tadashi Ishizuka, COO, Mitsui & Co. LNG Investment USA, Inc.


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$45 Individual Member Ticket*
$55 Individual General Public Ticket*

*includes breakfast

Sponsored by:

Supported by:

  • Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Japan Business Association of Houston
  • Asia Society Texas Center
  • JETRO - Japan External Trade Organization