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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AT&T Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Amphitheater 204, Austin, Texas

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

  • 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

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
  • 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

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. 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)

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

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