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Beyond 2020: Paving the Way for the Next Generation and U.S.-Japan Collaboration

  • AT&T Education and Conference Center 1900 University Avenue | Amphitheater 204 Austin, TX, 78705 United States (map)

The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel to the governments of Japan and the United States, is convening a symposium for industry leaders, educators, government officials and citizen diplomats to examine developments in science, technology and business.

Please join CULCON for a discussion of how Americans and Japanese can work together to solve shared challenges, and how to nurture the next generation of U.S.-Japan leadership.


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration

  • 9:00-9:25 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Mr. Harry Hill, Outside Director and Member of the Board, New Business Development, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc.; Chair, U.S. CULCON Panel

Ambassador Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador to the United States; Chair, Japan CULCON Panel

Hon. Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Houston (invited)

  • 9:25-10:30 a.m. Blazing Trails in Space and Beyond*

Moderator: Dr. Patricia Maclachlan, Professor of Government and Asian Studies and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Stephanie Wilson, Astronaut, NASA (invited);

Ms. Josefina Salazar, Brooke Owens Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

  • 10:45-11:50 a.m. Shaping the Future: High Tech and Design Innovations*

Moderator: Dr. Kaoru (Kay) Shimizu, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Spencer Cronk, City Manager, City of Austin (invited);

Mr. Ben Ramirez III, Vice President and Executive Director, Center for Global Trade at the World Affairs Council of Austin; CEO of Cogitare Global, LLC;

Ms. Kay Firth-Butterfield, Executive Director, AI Austin (invited);

  • 11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); Vice Chair, U.S. CULCON Panel

Dr. Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo; President, Japanese Association for American Studies; Vice Chair, Japan CULCON Panel

Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided

RSVP Required by May 28:

*additional panelists TBA

Earlier Event: April 14
Japan Festival 2019