The Japan-America Society of Indiana will host its annual conference later this month in Indianapolis. “Japan Update 2015” will feature remarks from Governor Mike Pence and Consul General of Japan Masaharu Yoshida.

February 10, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On Wednesday, February 25th, the Japan-America Society of Indiana will present the “Japan Update 2015”, an annual conference providing a business, economic and international relations outlook for the year with discussion of key developments and projections for Japan, Indiana and Asia. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are co-presenting organizations.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will deliver Keynote Luncheon remarks with Consul General of Japan Masaharu Yoshida. The “Japan Update” Opening Address will be presented by Takeo Nishitani, Chairman of Weber Shandwick Japan, Tokyo.

Distinguished speakers and industry leaders will take an in-depth look at the Indiana-Japan relationship in the areas of investment, manufacturing and trade. Melanie Hart, President of the Japan-America Society of Indiana and President of Tsuchiya Industries North America commented, “We are honored to welcome business leaders who will travel from Japan to speak in the program, as well as an outstanding lineup of Indiana industry representatives. Now in its fourth year, the Japan Update has established itself as a signature event highlighting Indiana-Japan economic partnerships.”

Speakers include (in alphabetical order):

Kevin Butt, General Manager/Chief Environmental Officer, Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing

Tom Easterday, Executive Vice President, Secretary, and Chief Legal Officer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Melanie Hart, President, TASUS Corporation

Shinichi Iizuka, President, TOA Industries Co., Limited, Japan

Henry Jackson, CEO, Millennium Steel Services

Doug Johnson, President, JA Benefits

Peter Kelley, President, National Association of Japan-America Societies

Pete Morse, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Takeo Nishitani, Chairman, Weber Shandwick, Japan

The Honorable Mike Pence, Governor, State of Indiana

Jeff Platon, Chief Marketing Officer, Interactive Intelligence

Brad Rhorer, Manager of Associate Development, Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Ichiro Son?, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago

Tony Suzuki, Director, State of Indiana Japan Office

Yoshiki Takada, President, SMC Corporation

Darren Wildman, Representative, Cummins-Komatsu Engine Company

The Honorable Masaharu Yoshida, Consul General of Japan, Consulate General of Japan in Chicago

Joe Young, Director of Office of Japanese Affairs, U.S. Department of State

The annual Japan Update Conference provides a forecast for the year with discussion of developments for Japan and Indiana, as well as key issues for the Japan-U.S. alliance around the world. The 2015 program will feature perspectives on the globalization and the localization of Japanese manufacturing and business. The conference draws business, community, government, and economic development leaders from throughout the state and region.

The registration fee for the luncheon and conference is $150.00 for the public, $125.00 for Japan-America Society of Indiana members. Full-time college students with I.D. are free (not including lunch). Registration is at 11:30 a.m., the keynote luncheon program with Governor Pence and Consul General Yoshida begins at noon, and the afternoon conference sessions start at 1:30 p.m.; followed by a networking reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For the full conference schedule and to register online go to

Corporate Sponsors: Barnes & Thornburg; Duke Energy; Hoosier Energy; Indiana Economic Development Corporation; SMC Corporation of America; TOA (USA); AISIN Holdings of America; Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety; DEEM; Enkei America; Honda Manufacturing of Indiana; Indiana Packers Corporation; IUPUI; JPMorgan Chase Bank; KYB Americas Corporation; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; Subaru of Indiana Automotive; TASUS Corporation; Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing; VECTREN Corporation.

Supporting Organizations: Indiana Economic Development Corporation; the Indiana Japan Chamber, and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.

About Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI)

Founded in 1988 by community, business and academic leaders, the Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) is a not-for-profit cultural, educational, and business-support organization which serves as a bridge of friendship and cooperation between the people of Indiana and Japan. The Society is supported by a diverse membership of businesses, communities, academic institutions, families and individuals. Annually, the Japan-America Society of Indiana reaches more than 10,000 individuals through its programs, outreach activities, and services. The Japan-America Society of Indiana is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, headquartered in Washington D.C., which includes over forty Societies nationwide.

Source: Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI)

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