Guest Speakers at the Annual Business Conference

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Guest Speakers at the Annual Business Conference

Year Month Venue Speaker
1983.7 20th Chicago Yoshio Okawara, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago
William V. Roth, U.S. Senator
1984.7 21st Tokyo Michael J. Mansfield, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
Susumu Nikaido, Vice President of the Liberal Democratic Party
1985.7 22nd Minneapolis Bill E. Frenzel, U.S. Representative
Richard T. Schultze, U.S. Representative
Rudolph George Perpich, Governor of Minnesota
Clayton K. Yeutter, USTR
1986.7 23rd Tokyo Shintaro Abe, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Michael J. Mansfield, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
Haruo Maekawa, Former Governor, Bank of Japan
Michio Watanabe, Minister of MITI
1987.7 24th San Francisco Clayton K. Yeutter, USTR
Nobuo Matsunaga, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
Dianne Feinstein, Mayor of San Francisco
1988.7 25th Tokyo Nobuo Matsunaga, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
1989.7 26th New York Henry John Heinz, U.S. Senator
Murray L. Weidenbaum, Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
1990.7 27th Osaka Hideyuki Aizawa, Director General, Economic Planning Agency
Michael H. Armacost, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
Sakae Kishi, Governor of Osaka Pref.
1991.7 28th Pittsburgh Robert A. Mosbacher, Secretary of Commerce
Robert P. Casey, Governor of Pennsylvania
1992.7 29th Tokyo Yasuhiro Nakasone, Former Prime Minister of Japan
1993.7 30th Cleveland W. Bowman Cutter, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Lloyd M. Bentsen, Secretary of Treasury
1994.7 31st Tokyo Kiichi Miyazawa, Former Prime Minister of Japan
Walter Mondale, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, President, Tokyo University
1995.7 32nd Tucson Ira Shapiro, Deputy USTR
Takakazu Kuriyama, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
1996.7 33rd Tokyo Walter Mondale, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
Kiichi Miyazawa, Former Prime Minister of Japan
1997.7 34th San Francisco Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Development
Kiyohiko Nanao, Consul General in San Francisco
1998.7 35th Tokyo Thomas S. Foley, U.S. Ambassador,
Shunji Yanai, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
1999.7 36th San Francisco Kaoru Yosano, Minister of MITI
Thomas S. Foley, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
2000.7 37th Tokyo Thomas S. Foley, U.S. Ambassador of Japan
Tatsuo Arima, Representative of Government of Japan
2002.2 38th Washington, DC Paul D. Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense
R. Glenn Hubbard, Chairman,Council of Economic Advisers
2002.10 39th Tokyo Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan
Howard J. Baker, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
2003.11 40th Washington, DC John. W. Snow, Secretary of the Treasury
Ryozo Kato, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
2004.11 41st Tokyo Sadakazu Tanigaki, Minister of Finance
Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2005.11 42nd Washington, DC Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Robert Kimmitt, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Hiroyasu Ando, Consul General of Japan, New York
2006.11 43rd Tokyo Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Akira Amari, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
J. Thomas Schieffer, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
2007.11 44th Washington, DC Susan Schwab, U.S. Trade Representative
Ryozo Kato, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
2008.10 45th Tokyo Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Toshihiko Fukui, Former Governor, Bank of Japan
Masaaki Taniai, Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry
Takeshi Erikawa, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
2009.11 46th Washington, DC Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
Demetrios Marantis, Deputy U.S.Trade Representative for Asia
2010.10 47th Tokyo Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Akihiko Ohata, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Koichi Otsuka, Former Senior Vice Minister of Cabinet Office/Member of House of Councilors
John V. Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
2011.12 48th New York Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State
Kurt Tong, U.S. Ambassador for APEC
Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group
Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
2012.11 49th Tokyo Koichiro Genba, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Yukio Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Kurt Tong, Deputy Chief Mission, U.S. Embassy
Jacob Schlesinger, Tokyo Bureau Chief; former Deputy Washington Bureau, Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires
2013.11 50th Washington, DC John F. Kerry, United States Secretary of State
Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative
Max Baucus, Chairman, Committe on Finance, US Senate
Devin Nunes, Chairman, Subcommittee on Trade, Committee on Ways & Means,m US House of Representatives
Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics
Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador of the U.S.
Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group
Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics
2014.11 51st Tokyo Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance, Minister of State for Financial Services
Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Yasutoshi Nishimura, State Minister of Cabinet Office
Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor, Bank of Japan
Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
Yukio Okamoto, President, Okamoto Associates, Inc., Diplomatic Analyst
2015.12 52nd Washington, DC Joaquin Castro, Co-Chairman, Japan Caucus, US House of Representatives,
Cory Gardner, Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity, Committee on Foreign Relations
Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the UStates
Carlos Gutierrez, Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group (Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce)
Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Evan S. Medeiros, Managing Director and Practice Head, Eurasia Group
Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
 2016.11  53rd Tokyo  Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Tamayo Marukawa, Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
Yosuke Takagi , State Minister of Economy and Industry
Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor, Bank of Japan
Ambassador Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director, washington , D.C. office, Asia Society Policy Institute
Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center
Naoki Tanaka, President , CIPPS
Jun Takahashi, Professor, M.D. Ph.D., Department of Clinical Application, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University
 2017.11  54th Washington, DC  Joaquin Castro Co-Chairman, Japan Caucus, US House of Representatives,
Dan Brouillette, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy
Kevin Hassett, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
Kazuhiro Suzuki, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan (for Ambassador Sasae)
Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Advisor & Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, CNAS
Tim Groser, New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S.
Everett Eissenstat, Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the NEC
Adam Posen, President, PIIE
2018.10 55th Tokyo Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization
William F. Hagerty, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Toshiko Abe, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Yoshihiro Seki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
2019.9 56th Washington D.C. Lawrence A. Kudlow, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council
Ambassador Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Embassy of Japan
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Member, Committee on House Ways and Means
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), Member, Committee on House Ways and Means, Republican Co-Chair of the U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus
Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
2020.10 57th Virtual Meeting Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs
Stephen Biegun, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Richard N. Haass, Ph.D., President, Council on Foreign Relations
Ylan Mui, CNBC Reporter
Ambassador Patricia Flor, EU Ambassador to Japan
Luisa Santos, Deputy Director General of Business Europe
Hiroko Kuniya, Project Professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance and former NHK anchor
Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2012)
2021.10 58th Virtual Meeting Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan
Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Yasutoshi Nishimura, Former Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization
Yoko Ishikura, Chief Digital Officer of the Digital Agency
David M. Turk, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy
2022.10 59th Washington D.C. Ambassador Koji Tomita, Embassy of Japan
Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce
Steve Posnack, Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jose Fernandez, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
Reince Priebus, President & Chief Strategist, Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Michael Best Strategies LLC. Former White House Chief of Staff. Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Brent Neiman, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Nominee for Deputy Under Secretary / Assistant Secretary for International Finance, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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