CULCON held a Symposium on June 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas: “Beyond 2020: Paving the Way for the Next Generation and U.S.-Japan Collaboration”
Welcome Remarks included messages from:
- 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
- Lisa Heller, Director, Public Diplomacy, Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
- Hideo Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Houston
The first panel discussion, “Blazing Trails in Space and Beyond,” explored a variety of issues relating to leadership development and the U.S.-Japan relationship in the areas of space exploration and management, and related STEM topics.
- Moderator: Dr. Patricia Maclachlan, Professor of Government and Asian Studies and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Texas at Austin
- Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor, Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, The University of Texas at Austin
- Ms. Mykaela Dunn, Brooke Owens Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
- Dr. Takashi Tanaka, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, The University of Texas at Austin
A second panel, “Shaping the Future: High Tech and Design Innovations,” featured discussion of the Texas-Japan relationship and the role of innovation in attracting Japanese engagement in Austin.
- Moderator: Dr. Kaoru (Kay) Shimizu, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
- Mr. Rey Arellanno, Assistant City Manager, City of Austin;
- 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;
- Dr. Motohiro Tsuchiya, Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University; Deputy Director, Keio Global Research Institute (KGRI)