Japan’s Future as an Economic Power to Be Discussed

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The Asia Society Southern California, in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan, will present “Japan Rising: The Future of the World’s Third-Largest Economic Power,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles.

The full-day conference will focus on Japan eight months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Highlights will include panel discussions focusing on the economic and political future of the country, and Japan’s global influence in the areas of innovation, energy, technology, fashion, film, food and popular culture.

Speakers will include:

• Thomas E. McLain, chairman, Asia Society Southern California

• Thomas Iino, chairman, U.S.-Japan Council

• Tracey Doi, group VP and chief financial officer, Toyota Motor Sales

• Glen S. Fukushima, chairman and director, Airbus Japan

• Erwin Furukawa, SVP of customer service, Southern California Edison

• Akihiro Kubo, president and CEO, WeberShandwick Japan

• Cathy Berg, regional VP, American Airlines

Topics will include:

• Japanomics: The Future of the World’s Third-Largest Economic Power

• Tech Talk: The Japan Factor in Global Innovation

• Japan’s Influence on Food, Fashion, Film and Fusion

• POV Japan: Today’s Energy Solutions

• The Political Landscape: What’s Arising in Japan?

• That Was Then; This Is Now — The Past and Future of Japan’s Communications

• Forward Japan:  Partnership and Collaboration

• Japan Rediscovered:  Cool Japan

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by panel discussions at 8:45 a.m. A reception will be held at 5:15 p.m.

The cost is $75 (early bird special prior to Oct. 20, Asia Society members); $95 (general admission); $25 (students). Online registration available at http://asiasociety.org/calendars/japan-rising-conference.

For more information, visit www.asiasocietysocal.org.

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