Japan – US Innovation Awards Symposium July 22

In my role as Japan Society board member, I’m happy to share the agenda for our annual Japan-US Innovation Awards, shown below.




 Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium 

Friday, July 22, 2016 | 1:30 – 6:30 pm

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford University


Now in its Sixth Year, the Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium is presented by the Japan Society of Northern California in cooperation with the US-Asia Technology Management Center.



1:30pm Opening Remarks – Moderator, Richard Dasher, Director, Stanford University US-Asia Technology Management Center
1:35pm Welcoming Remarks – John V. Roos, Founder and General Partner, Geodesic Capital & former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
1:40pm Keynote Remarks – Ari Horie, Founder & CEO, Women’s Startup Lab, “Breathing New Life into Innovation”
2:25pm Emerging Leader Awards Presentation & Panel:

Dropbox (U.S.) and Mercari (Japan) 

Ryo Ishizuka, US CEO of Mercari, and Thomas Hansen, Global Vice President for Revenue of Dropbox, Allen Miner, Chairman of SunBridge Corporation, and moderator, Robert Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University

3:10pm Networking Break
3:35pm Prior Emerging Leader Report  – Moderator, Hiroshi Menjo, Net Service Ventures Group (details TBA)
4:10pm Innovation Showcase Recognition & Panel Discussion:

Axelspace CorporationFloadia CorporationPreferred Networks, Inc.Spiber, Inc. and Xenoma, Inc. with moderator, Ken Yasunaga, Managing Director, INCJ


5:10pm Wrap Up – John Thomas, Vice Chair, Martingale Asset Management
5:15pm Closing Remarks – Larry Greenwood, President, Japan Society of Northern California
5:20pm Networking Reception – Light snacks and beverages

Symposium attendees will have an invaluable opportunity to experience first-hand the exciting products offered by each Innovation Showcase company, as well as unmatched opportunities to network with thought-leaders who are active at the intersection of Japanese creativity and Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and innovation.


Early bird registration ends today!