About the Event:
The Japanese government’s “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan” program started in 2014. A delegation, led by former Japanese ambassadors or other public figures, visits various regions throughout the United States as a form of grassroots exchange. Participants from Japan, with diverse backgrounds and expertise, volunteer to join the program. While travelling in the United States, the delegation interacts with local communities, government officials, business people, and high school/university students to share their own stories about Japan, as well as what is currently going on in Japanese society.
About the Speakers:
Tomohiko Taniguchi, PhD, is Professor at Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management, as well as a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet. After 20 years with Nikkei Business, a weekly business magazine, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2005 as Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy.
Yasunori Nakayama is Acting Director General of the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan after graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1982. Posts he held in Tokyo include Senior Policy Coordinator in the Foreign policy Bureau, Director of Foreign Nationals Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Director General of International Trade Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Makoto Kuroda is Senior Research Analyst at Credit Suisse Securities (Japan), where she leads the financials sector coverage. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the finance and securities industry, and was ranked top analyst for banks and diversified financials by Asiamoney Brokers Poll in 2017. She began her career at J.P. Morgan Securities in 2005, where she was a fixed income strategist until 2011 and financial sector analyst until 2016.
Akira Sakano is Chair of the Board of Directors at Zero Waste Academy, non-for-profit organization based in the first Zero Waste declared municipality in Japan called “Kamikatsu”. She drives the policy implementation for municipalities, provides consultation for businesses and deliver more than 100 seminars and dialogues annually to spread out the practice of Zero Waste nationally and internationally.