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.

The inaugural Japan Update Houston Conference, which was held on February 19, 2016, at the Petroleum Club of Houston,  allowed JASH to draw attention to this growth in Japanese-affiliated business in Houston and to share with the Houston community information on the evolving opportunities for U.S.-Japan cooperation.

In addition, the Japan Update Houston Conference served to bring together over 100 high-level American and Japanese business people in a way that allowed for meaningful exchange.


  • Admiral Dennis Blair

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sasakawa USA

Former director of U.S. National Intelligence

Former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command


  • Ambassador Thomas Schieffer

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

  • Bob Harvey

President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

  • Marc Watts

President, The Friedkin Group Inc.

  • George Avdey

President, Kuraray America, Inc.

  • Prof. Hisanori Nei

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Study

  • Dr. Michelle Foss

Chief Energy Economist, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin

  • Tadashi Ishizuka

Chief Operating Officer, Mitsui & Co. LNG Investment USA, Inc.


Click here to access Prof. Nei's presentation.

For material presented by Dr. Foss, click here.