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Japan-Texas Business Forum

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With more than 400 Japanese companies operating in Texas, the economic relationship between the Lone Star State and the Land of the Rising Sun is exceptionally strong. Between 2006 and 2016, Texas exports to Japan more than doubled from $2.8 billion to $6.2 billion, placing Texas in third place among U.S. suppliers to Japan. Likewise, between 2011 and 2016, Japanese companies invested $3.1 billion in Texas, generating more than 12,000 jobs – contributing more to Texas employment than investments from any other country.

What factors have driven the strong relationship between Texas and Japan? What opportunities stand before us for continued improvement? What actions can be taken by the public and private sectors in Texas and Japan to realize the full potential of our cooperation? These and other questions were explored by business and public policy professionals at the Japan-Texas Business Forum.


View the Global Business Forum Speakers for November 2017

November 16, 2017

Time/Location

2:00 p.m.-

3:15 p.m.

Foster 240

Connections Between Texas and the Japanese Economy

  • The Honorable Tetsuo Amano, Consul-General, Consulate-General of Japan in Houston

  • John Bowers, Vice President of American Airlines Co-Brand Partnerships and President of the Japan America Society of Dallas & Fort Worth

  • Julia Wada, Group Vice President – Strategy, Human Resources, Diversity &Inclusion and Business Technology Solutions, Toyota Financial Services

  • Moderator: Dr. Joseph A. McKinney, Emeritus Professor of International Economics, McBride Center for International Business, Baylor University

3:30 p.m. –

4:45 p.m.

Foster 240

Why Should Japanese-Affiliated Companies Come to Texas?

  • Junji Kurokawa, Chief Executive Director, JETRO-Houston
  • Shinsuke Takahashi, President and CEO, NEC Corporation of America

  • Charles Cochran (US - Advisory) PwC | Partner

  • Moderator: Wayne Hampton, Department of Management, Baylor University

4:45 p.m. -

6:00 p.m.

Foster 143/144

Reception and Networking

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