Upcoming/Recent Webinars


October 14th: Interview with Dr. Yoko Ishikura: NC Japan Center

The NC Japan Center is gathering questions for an upcoming interview on October 14th with Dr. Yoko Ishikawa. Dr. Ishikawa is a highly-sought consultant in the areas global business strategy, competitiveness, and talent, and has written multiple articles for The Japan Times on the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.

If you would like to submit a question for Dr. Ishikura, please email NC Japan Center director Jonathan Brewster by Friday, October 9th. Please indicate if you would like your name to be used.

The recorded video of the interview shall be uploaded to the NC Japan Center website, as well as the NC Japan Center YouTube Channel. The link to the interview will also be in an upcoming NC Japan Center newsletter (sign up, today!).

Please read the flyer below for more details! We’re looking forward to seeing your questions!

































開催日時:10月25日(日)10:00~14:00頃 終了予定


(110 Pheasant Wood Ct. Morrisville)

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Upcoming Webinars:

October 17 & 18: 2:00-9:00PM (EDT): Japanese Festival Association of Nevada
Virtual Aki Matsuri Japanese Festival







October 22: 8:00PM (EDT): JASNC, Consulate-General of Japan in Georgia and Sake School of America
Sake & Soul Food: Pairing Sake with Anything but Sushi!









November 10: 5:00PM (EDT): NU Tech
NU Tech Roundtable 2020

After successfully having hosted ten NU Tech Roundtable technology showcase events at Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina since 2010, Nagoya University and Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc., Nagoya University’s strategic arm in the States, will host a virtual Roundtable for its 11th installment this fall. The new virtual Roundtable can address broader audience beyond RTP and beyond AgBiotech, which is the RTP’s largest industry sector and which has been a major topic of the last ten NU Tech Roundtables. This fall the virtual Roundtable focuses on NextGen platform technologies for drug discovery, including disruptive startups from Nagoya University.


November 9-13 (date/time TBD): Global Film Series: “After the Storm”








Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)

Runtime: 118 minutes

This film is part of the Global Film Series, a collaboration between the NC State University Libraries and the Office of Global Engagement. This film is co-presented with NC State’s Japan Center.

Attendance is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required, and registrants will be send a link to the streaming film to be viewed between November 9-13.


November 13: 1:00 – 4:30PM (EDT): NC Coalition for Global Competitiveness
NC Global Advantage Forum (REGISTER HERE!)
NC Global Advantage Forum Keynote Announcement Flyer
NC Global Advantage Forum Adaptive Leadership Panel Flyer
NC Global Advantage Forum 2020 Business Case Study Madhu Beriwal Flyer
NC Global Advantage Forum Scholarships for Teachers and Students









Recent Webinars:

NC Japan Center: Webinar with Ambassador Sugiyama:
The NC Japan Center is honored to host the Ambassador of Japan to the U.S., the Honorable SUGIYAMA, Shinsuke, J. Ambassador Sugiyama will be speaking with our audience about COVID-19 and U.S.-Japan relations, and the Honorary Consul of Japan in North Carolina, Mr. David Robinson, shall be serving as our esteemed moderator for this event. The webinar will also feature real-time Japanese interpretation. This is a free event, and shall be hosted on Webex.

To register (and submit a question to Ambassador Sugiyama), please click on the following link:

We’re looking forward to seeing you all for the informative and enjoyable event.
























September 30: 7:00PM (EDT): JASG
Dinner and a Movie: Shoplifters







September 30: 9:00AM (EDT): JASG
Cyber Attack Preparation & Prevention








September 24: 1:30PM (EDT): JASG
Exploring Japanese Company Retention in GA








September 22: 7:30PM (EDT): UC San Diego / JMNC (from JASNC)
How Japanese Companies Compete Globally

Microsoft (Outlook)
How Japanese Companies Compete Globally
The globalization of commerce, the breakout of supply chains across multiple countries, and the need of open innovation have required Japanese companies to change their business mindset. The previous, largely ethnocentric approach of exporting “Made in Japan” goods no longer works, and needs to be carefully blended with more global – aka Western – management approaches of multi-country growth and profitability strategies. How are Japan’s largest companies positioned to compete in this new global setting, and what are the changes needed in general business mindset towards truly global approaches? Listen to long-term Japan business insider David “Chet” Chetwynd and Ulrike Schaede, as they discuss the global visions for Japan’s large businesses.

• David “Chet” Chetwynd, CEO, JMNC Solutions
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at jfit.ucsd.edu/zoominar

Sep 22, 2020 04:30 PM in Pacific Time / 07:30 PM EDT (US and Canada)


September 22: 8:00-9:00PM (EDT): JASC (from JASNC)
Adapting U.S. Business for the Japanese Market – Including Strategies for both Domino’s and Wendy’s in Japan

About the Event

Mr. Higa will talk about how he introduced various businesses from the U.S. to Japan, including Domino’s Pizza and Wendy’s return. He has a bi-cultural background, being a third generation Nikkei American from Hawaii, and having lived in Japan for many years. Mr. Higa has a unique insight as both an insider and outsider on the Japanese market.
About the Speaker

Mr. Ernest M. Higa is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., Ltd., Chief Executive Officer of Wendy’s Japan K.K. and Chairman and Representative Director of First Kitchen Ltd. He received his MBA from Columbia University and his Bachelors of Science from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania.


September 22, 2020: 7:00-8:00PM (EDT): JASDFW / SMU
Security and Economy: The Current State of Japan-Korea-U.S. Trilateral Relations

Co-presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at SMU’s Tower Center for Public Policy and International Studies. Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) are two of the most important allies of the United States, although 2020 has presented challenges that are domestic in origin but worldwide in scope. April parliamentary elections in Korea, a contentious U.S. presidential campaign, and an embattled Prime Minister Abe in Japan have created new dynamics in dialogue between these global economic powers. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the necessity of ongoing international communication, collaboration, and cooperation. Alliances will be further tested by Abe’s recent resignation and a new prime minister looking to establish his role in Japan’s government. Join us for an engaging discussion on the realities of present bilateral and trilateral relations, the effects of COVID-19, and what the immediate future may hold for these three countries. Date and Time Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:00 PM Dallas/7:00 PM Washington D.C. Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:00 AM Japan Location Online Cost: FREE


September 22: 6:30PM (EDT): Japan Society
Artificial Elegance: Japanese Prosthetics for World-Class Athletes

Rather than imitating the human form, the artificial limbs designed by Shunji Yamanaka are sleek and streamlined, optimized for both peak functionality and aesthetic appeal. An award-winning product designer, Yamanaka has designed products ranging from Issey Miyake wristwatches to Japan’s SUICA/PASMO train-pass system. Yamanaka has brought this talent for design engineering to his next-generation prosthetic creations, garnering the attention of world-class athletes. At this live webinar, Yamanaka, founder and president of Leading Edge Design and professor at the University of Tokyo, reveals the cutting-edge technology behind his innovative prosthetics, and discusses how good design can transform the potential of the human body.

Program Details:
This is a free event, with advance registration required. The program will be live-streamed through YouTube, and registrants will receive the viewing link by email on the event day. Participants can submit questions through YouTube during the livestream.


September 17: 8:00-9:00PM (EDT): JASDFW (from JASNC)
Anime Sway: How Japan Came to Dominate the Global Pop Culture Landscape

Since the introduction of anime to Western audiences in the 1990s, Japanese motifs and animation techniques have continuously influenced global pop culture. Anime has become a respected form of entertainment and elevated the animated storytelling genre to an art. Now, Japanese pop culture and characters are as recognizable worldwide as their counterparts from Disney and Warner Brothers.

Join JASDFW for a program addressing the introduction of anime into the Western market, the importance of anime for Japanese cultural diplomacy and soft power, the integration of Japanese history and folklore into contemporary pop culture, ​the use of Japanese style and sensibilities in pop culture outside of Japan, and the state of the industry given recent disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Date and Time

Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:00 PM Dallas
Friday, September 18, 2020
9:00 AM Japan


September 16: 1:00PM (EDT): JASG

Sustainability & Manufacturing Virtual Discussion








A growing number of manufacturers are treating “sustainability” as an important objective in their strategy and operations to increase growth and global competitiveness. But sustainable manufacturing is often too narrowly defined as simply manufacturing products in ways that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. By focusing on how international manufacturing companies in Georgia are implementing sustainability goals, such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, this event will broaden the traditional definition of sustainability to include enhancing the wellbeing of employees and the communities in which companies operate.

Sara Irvani, CEO, Okabashi Brands, Inc.
Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America
Satchit Srinivasan, PhD PE, Sr EVP, Director of Research, Development & Technology, Solvay Specialty Polymers
Andy Brehm, Site Director, Gainesville Bio Operations, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Moderated by Valerie Thomas, Anderson-Interface Professor of Natural Systems in the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech

Partnering organizations:
French, German, Belgian, Netherlands and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce, the British-American Business Council, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Women’s Series, Global Change Program and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, Next Generation Manufacturing, Society of Plastic Engineers, Global Atlanta.


September 9, 2020: 8:00PM (EDT): USJETAA
Careers in the Foreign Service

Careers in the Foreign Service
Are you interested in a career in the Foreign Service or learning more about the work of Foreign Service Officers? Please join USJETAA for a keynote address from Karen Kelley, the former Consul General in Osaka, and panel discussion along with Michael Turner, Culture & Sports Attache at the US Embassy Tokyo, and Katherine Tarr, former Coordinator for Japan and Korea in the Office of Public Diplomacy, East Asian Pacific. They will share their journey through multiple tours and answer questions.

Karen Kelley is a Senior Foreign Service officer with overseas experience in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Prior to her service as Consul General in Osaka, Ms. Kelley was the Counselor for Public Affairs in the U.S. Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe, where she also served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission. Previously, she served as the Deputy Office Director and as the Acting Office Director in the Office of Japanese Affairs in Washington, D.C. She was the State Department Public Diplomacy Advisor to the U.S. Pacific Commander, USPACOM in Camp Smith, Hawaii. Earlier in her career, she served as Spokesperson at U.S. embassies in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in Manila, Republic of the Philippines and in Tokyo, Japan, and held previous positions in the Japan Mission as the Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Consulates General in Osaka and Naha.

Michael Turner is the Culture and Sports Attaché at the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo. He oversees educational exchange programs, cultural activities, and grass-roots outreach. Michael’s previous assignments include Bangkok, Rangoon, Tbilisi, Nagoya, and Washington, DC.

Katherine “Kat” Tarr recently ended her tenure as Coordinator for Japan and Korea for the Office of Public Diplomacy in the East Asia Pacific. She is currently a Korean language student at the Foreign Service Institute preparing to join the press team at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea in 2022. Her previous tours were in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Shanghai, China.

Sep 9, 2020 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


September 9, 2020: 7:00-8:00PM (EDT): JASC (from JASNC)
Media Trends: Japan vs. U.S. Traditional and Social Forms: Role of Olympics Coverage in World Views of Japan

About the Event Japan and the United States stand out in the world in both media and technology. They have core constitutional protections for free speech and press. And they are hosts to huge contingents of media companies from around the world. Yet they differ significantly in their approach and style for both traditional and social media, especially in journalism. Both countries even rank outside the top 50 in world press freedom measures. Dr. Hamm will share unexpected findings, practices and contradictions, and examine how new media trends (traditional and social) may change society. In addition, he will show how Japan can benefit from worldwide media coverage leading up to, during and beyond the 2021 Olympics. About the Speaker Bradley J. Hamm is a professor at Medill. From 2012-2018, he served as dean of Medill. Previously, he was dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Hamm’s PhD is in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina, with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Catawba College in North Carolina. He also served as the interim dean and associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina. Hamm has taught in study abroad programs in Japan, China and Great Britain and started his career as a newspaper reporter. His teaching and research interests are in journalism history and media theory, particularly agenda setting theory. He served as a trustee for the Poynter Institute and is a judge for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards. He serves as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors for Next Digital media company of Hong Kong and Taiwan.


September 8, 2020: 8:00-9:30PM (EDT): Japan Society of Northern California
Nakamura Hashigo and the new face of Kabuki in the 21st Century

Curious about Kabuki but a little overwhelmed about where to begin? Planning to go to Japan, whenever that may be, and want to learn a little more about the culture before you go? Interested in finding out more about Japan and Japanese culture? This program is for you!

Join this Kabuki “crash-course” and hear about the history and cultural significance and continuing evolution of this traditional art form. You can also hear from rising Kabuki actor Hashigo Nakamura as he shares his experience, explains why Kabuki remains relevant to modern Japan, demonstrates Kabuki makeup application, and gives a brief performance!

Whether you’re completely new to the art of Kabuki or a long-time fan this program is a great opportunity of people of all ages to learn about this classic art-form. Families and children are welcomed!
We hope to see you there!


September 8, 2020: 7:30PM (EDT): UC San Diego (from JASNC)
Japan’s Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Japan’s Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific
Japan has a pivotal role to play in the geoeconomic balance of Asia, and thus in 21st century commerce. When Japan’s domestic economy began to transform at the turn of the century, its economic foreign policy strategies also started to shift, away from bilateralism and informal rules toward new approaches of regional institution-building that would assure Japanese leadership. As China and the U.S. wrestle over economic advantage, Japan is positioning, more or less quietly, to orchestrate the newly emerging trade dependencies and agreements in Asia. Saori N. Katada will introduce her new book, “Japan’s New Regional Reality,” to show how this new foreign economic policy has been articulated and implemented.

• Saori N. Katada, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at jfit.ucsd.edu/webinars

Sep 8, 2020 04:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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September 5, 2020: 8:00PM (EDT): JASG
Inside Japanese Pop Music with Dr. Capital


September 4: 8:30-10:30PM (EDT): U.S.-Japan Council (TOMODACHI)
Critical Conversations: Voices of the Japanese American Experience on Race

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement became global, even making its way to Japan, we see the strong need and beautiful opportunity to have these important discussions now.

Through the Critical Conversation Series, we aim to bring together youth in Japan and the United States to create peer-to-peer learning opportunities by bringing thoughtful and inspirational speakers, creating a safe space to share experiences and perspectives, and to continue to be able to educate ourselves and have these important discussions.

This is a three-part series starting in July 2020. We have not confirmed the date for Part 3 yet, but we will post the information as the details are firmed up. Join the conversation to share, listen, and learn together.


August 27: 4:00-5:15PM (EDT): U.S. – Japan Council
Regional Women in Leadership: Stories of Women Leaders in the South

Regional Women In Leadership: Stories of Women Leaders In the South
Gender equality and women’s empowerment remains an important issue in both the United States and Japan. This webinar will explore four women leaders and their personal journeys to success. In Part I, in her talk entitled, “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment,” Consul General Kayoko Fukushima will speak about her experiences and share observations from her former role as the first Director of the Japan Liaison Office of UN Women. Part II will consist of a panel of three women which highlights each of their individual and unique experiences as businesswomen in the South, with comparative discussions on working in a major Japanese corporation.

The Regional Women In Leadership (RWL) program is in its sixth year at U.S.-Japan Council. The program’s objective is to provide opportunities for discussions on the advancement of women in leadership. RWL encourages members and collaborators to convene in a series of events to educate and discuss women‘s leadership in the context of U.S.-Japan relations, creating a conversation about women’s issues among diverse communities and business leaders. Funding is provided by the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


August 4: 7:30PM (EDT): UC San Diego / Japan Forum for Innovation & Technology
The Carlos Ghosn Saga: What we can learn about Japan’s legal system and corporate governance

The Carlos Ghosn Saga: What we can learn about Japan’s legal system and corporate governance
On Dec. 31, 2019, the Carlos Ghosn saga took a movie-like turn when Nissan’s former CEO arranged to have himself smuggled out of Japan in a musical instrument box. Initially celebrated as a savior and new type manager that showed how Japanese companies could be turned around, Ghosn had begun to ruffle feathers in Japan with his exuberant style as much as his empire-building intentions. Within Nissan, many referred to him as a “dictator”, and he was said to have wielded full control over senior executives and the board of directors. In November 2018, he was pulled out of his private airplane at Haneda airport and held in custody in circumstances that looked harsh in international comparison. The official allegations included under-reporting of earnings and misuse of company assets, although the true depth and breadth of his machinations remain unclear. Join Bruce Aronson and Ulrike Schaede in a conversation of how to make sense of all this – Japan’s legal system, white collar crime, and corporate oversight and governance.

• Bruce Aronson, Professor and Research Associate, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law and MIGA (Musashino Institute for Global Affairs)
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) webinar series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at jfit.ucsd.edu/webinars


August 1: 7:30PM (EDT): Japan-America Societies of Georgia and Tennessee
Virtual Sake Brewery Tour & Tasting








July 30: 8PM (EDT): Japan-America Society of North Carolina

“In Celebration of Sake” with Sara Guterbock (Sake Sommelier)




July 30: 1PM (EDT): Japan-America Society of Georgia

Online Dinner & a Movie: “Departures” (‘Okuribito’)







July 29: 8-9PM (EDT): US-Japan Council
Diversity for the Venture Ecosystem – The Key to Thriving, Now More Than Ever

Now more than ever, we need to realize diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and workforce – whether at large multinational corporations, within the entrepreneur communities, or investment communities that enable these organizations to build and thrive. In collaboration with fabbit, these industry innovators will explore how startups can build successful DE&I approaches from the beginning, leading to better business outcomes, and how others in the ecosystem can support startups that prioritize DE&I.

Speakers include Council Leader Rika Nakazawa (Founder and CEO, Boardseatmeet and fabbit Ambassador); Lisa Shalett (Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs); Stéphane Fouche (Founder and Owner, HAKO, LLC and Junior Advisory Board Member, fabbit); and Council Leader Andrew Ogawa (Managing Partner, Quest Venture Partners).

USJC needs your support more than ever. With a suggested donation of $25, we can continue to offer free and public webinars to discuss issues of mutual concern between the U.S. and Japan. Tax-deductible donations can be made at: https://usjapancouncil.org/donate


July 28: 7:30PM (EDT): UC San Diego / Japan Forum for Innovation & Technology
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Change Management in Japan

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Change Management in Japan
What is the current situation of innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate renewal in Japan? Why is it so difficult for large Japanese companies to adjust to technology shifts, and why are companies such as Sony or Panasonic struggling to remain globally competitive? Gen Isayama is one of Japan’s foremost venture capitalist, innovation leader and large company change consultant. He works with many startups as well as large-firm CEOs in Japan and Silicon Valley, and will share his insights of what it takes to manage innovation and change in Japanese companies.

• Gen Isayama, Co-Founder and CEO, WiL: World Innovation Lab
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and JFIT, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) webinar series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at jfit.ucsd.edu/webinars