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Annual Meridian Diplomacy forum on Japan

Business, Technology, Defense, Baseball, Trade, Culture
Meridian International Center, Washington, DC



The annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum convenes government and business leaders with academic experts and cultural visionaries to examine the position of soft power alongside trade and security in international relations. This year the Diplomacy Forum explored U.S.-Japan relations, one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. The foundation of the modern U.S.-Japan relationship that began in the late 20th century has been built on the open exchange of ideas, culture, and technology that have led to significant economic gains and opportunities. Many of the hallmarks of American culture today - from entertainment and sports to technology and infrastructure - are results of that bilateral exchange and influenced by Japanese trends. At the same time, each country retains distinctly unique cultural identities and political structures. Through featured speakers and panel discussions, the Diplomacy Forum examined various aspects of U.S.-Japan ties: the state of this bilateral relationship; our security and defense partnership; leadership in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence; Japanese business culture; and, the power of baseball diplomacy.


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FORUM AGENDA

1. Welcome Remarks
>> Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, Meridian International Center

2. Fireside Chat ( Video Link )
>> Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment
>> In conversation with Claire Shipman, Journalist and Best-Selling Author

3. Fireside Chat: The State of Bilateral Relations ( Video Link )
>> Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan to the United States
>> In conversation with Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday

4. Special Video Message ( Video Link )
>> Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Co-Chair, U.S.-Japan Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives

5. Featured Speaker: The Allure of Japanese Business Culture ( Video Link )
>> Dan Amos, Chairman and CEO, Aflac

6. Panel: Embracing Mr. Roboto: How Each Nation is Approaching Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and The Accompanying Public Sentiment ( Video Link )
>> Moderator: Dr. Lynne E. Parker, Interim Dean, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee
>> Dr. Kerstin Sophie Haring, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center, U.S. Air Force Academy
>> Dr. Takanori Shibata, Chief Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

7. Special Video Message ( Video Link )
>> The Honorable William Hagerty, U.S. Ambassador to Japan

8. Panel: U.S.-Japan Security and Defense Partnership ( Video Link )
>> Moderator: Lindsey Ford, Director for Political-Security Affairs and Richard Holbrooke Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
>> Mark Wuebbels, Political Security Officer, Office of Japanese Affairs, U.S. Department of State
>> Admiral Gary Roughead, Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow, Hoover Institution
>> Ken Spurlock, Air and Missile Defense Systems Senior Manager, Raytheon Missile Systems

9. Panel: Pacific Pitch: U.S.-Japan Baseball Ties and The Power of Sports Diplomacy
( Video Link )
>> Moderator: Mori Taheripour, Faculty, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
>> Dr. Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, Dunlevie Family Professor of History, Rice University
>> Takehiro Shimada, Minister for Communications and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Japan
>> Nick Sussman, Director of Baseball and Softball Operations, Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

10. Closing Remarks
>> Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, Meridian International Center


FORUM SPEAKERS


Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa
Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa
Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Washington
Dan Amos
Dan Amos
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aflac
Lindsey W. Ford
Lindsey W. Ford
Director for Political-Security Affairs and Richard Holbrooke Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
Dr. Kerstin Sophie Haring
Dr. Kerstin Sophie Haring
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center, U.S. Air Force Academy
Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday
Stuart W. Holliday
Member of Meridian Board of Trustees, Stuart W. Holliday
Dr. Lynne E. Parker
Dr. Lynne E. Parker
Interim Dean, Tickle College of Engineering @ University of Tennessee
Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.)
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow @ Hoover Institution
Dr. Takanori Shibata
Dr. Takanori Shibata
Chief Senior Research Scientist @ National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)Japan
Takehiro Shimada
Takehiro Shimada
Minister for Communications and Cultural Affairs @ Embassy of Japan
Dr. Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu
Dr. Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu
Dunlevie Family Professor of History @ Rice University
Claire Shipman
Claire Shipman
Journalist and Best-Selling Author
Ken Spurlock
Ken Spurlock
Air and Missile Defense Systems Senior Manager @ Raytheon Missile Systems
Nick Z. Sussman
Nick Z. Sussman
Director of Baseball and Softball Operations @ Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
Mori Taheripour
Mori Taheripour
Faculty @ The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Tsujihara
Kevin Tsujihara
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer @ Warner Bros.


Forum Partners
Warner Brothers    Aflac    United Airlines    The Asia Group    Raytheon


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