EVENTS

Evolution: Accelerating Innovation Through U.S., Japan, and India Connections

On November 2, 6:00PM (PT) // November 3, 10:00AM (JT), the SVJP Benkyokai featured a venture capital firm with a…

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Accelerating Innovation: The Rise of Japanese Startups

Japanese startups, once the “benchwarmers” sitting on the sidelines of Japan’s business sector, have now moved onto the main court…

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Managing Escalating Tensions in the Indo-Pacific Region

What explains the ever growing cycle of confrontation and worsening strategic interactions between the US and China? How can we…

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Grit and Humility: The Story of an Issei Entrepreneur

In 1956 with just $24.32 in his pocket, Akira Nagamine ventured to the United States to fulfill a 30-month contract…

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Crypto- The Promise Versus Current Reality

In January 2009 an anonymous developer under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin- the first ever decentralized cryptocurrency. Over the…

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Cybersecurity and Risk Management, Keeping Up with the Evolving Landscape

What does it take to deliver quality news to readers around the world? On June 1, 6pm PT// June 2,…

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The Decentralized Web, The Metaverse, and the “Next Big Thing”

Why did Facebook rename itself for the Metaverse? What is the metaverse & how are people experiencing it? Why are…

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Scaling Up Climate Change Solutions Under Different Spheres of Influence

When it comes to climate change, experts have been measuring our carbon emissions for years, and policy-makers have come up…

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Using Virtual Reality to Treat Mental Illness

Mental illness is a silent epidemic that causes enormous pain and economic loss. Treatments such as psychiatric drugs have had…

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Work-Life Balance: Staying Physically, Mentally and Emotionally Fit in 2022

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform recently hosted its first monthly Benkyokai webinar of 2022: “Work-Life Balance: Staying Physically, Mentally, and…

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Beyond Abenomics: Priorities & Challenges for Japan’s New Prime Minister Kishida

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform held its December monthly Benkyokai webinar on the topic of “Beyond Abenomics: Priorities and Challenges…

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2021 Annual Corporate Members’ Retreat

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted its flagship event, the 2021 Annual Corporate Members’ Retreat on November 19 & 20. …

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Beyond Abenomics: Priorities & Challenges for Japan’s New Prime Minister Kishida

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform held its December monthly Benkyokai webinar on the topic of “Beyond Abenomics: Priorities and Challenges…

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Creating the Future of Healthcare Through Digital Technology

Healthcare is becoming more of a societal problem with chronic diseases impacting whole communities, not just individuals. Using breakthrough technology…

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Post-Game Retrospective: The Economic, Political, and Social Impact of the Tokyo Olympics

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform held its October monthly Benkyokai webinar,  “Post-Game Retrospective: The Economic, Political and Social Impact of…

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MPower: Shaping a Better World Through ESG Investing

Our September Benkyokai discussed the three co-founders’ personal and professional journeys leading to their partnership, their strategic and unique advantage…

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The Evolution of ITOCHU’s Business Model and Sustainability of Society

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform’s August monthly Benkyokai webinar featured Claire Chino, President & CEO, ITOCHU International Inc. Itochu is…

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Why Clubhouse and the Social Audio is the Future of the Creator Economy

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted the July monthly Benkyokai webinar to learn from James Andrews, Social media influencer, Entrepreneur,…

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From Wall Street to Silicon Valley: Adapting, Resetting and Reinventing in the Age of AI

Junta Nakai began his career trading stocks, but by 2017 his company had gone from 600 traders down to 2…

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Digital Japan 2030

SVJP hosted a webinar focusing on “2030 Japan Digital Reforms,” which was released by the American Chamber of Commerce in…

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Local Government Tackling Global Issues

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform’s May monthly Benkyokai webinar discussed “Local Government Tackling Global Issues” featuring three Japanese American Bay…

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The Art of Storytelling: Changing the World One Story at a Time

SVJP hosted our April Benkyokai to hear from one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2020, and the…

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Yankee Noodle Dandy: Building a ramen business in the U.S.

SVJP welcomed Kenshiro Uki, President of Sun Noodle North America and Hiro Hasegawa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ramen Hero as our…

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Leading with Passion and Values: Changing Japan’s Job-Seeking Landscape

Wantedly is a social hiring platform that allows companies and talents to meet based on shared mission, vision, and passion,…

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The Year of Cybersecurity

The year 2020 has been like no other in recent time.  While private companies and government organizations have made amazing…

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Ikigai: Finding Purpose Through a Journey of Entrepreneurship in Japan

In 2008, a trip to Kyoto lead Victoria Tsai to a meeting with a geisha and a discovery of their…

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The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: Outcome and Implications for U.S. – Japan Relations

The November 3rd U.S. presidential election is the most consequential in our lifetime.  President Donald Trump and former Vice President…

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Japan: Capitalism That Works

Japan has what it takes to be a global champion economy, admired not just for socio-political stability but also for…

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Y-Combinator: Road to Silicon Valley

Together with Y Combinator (YC), the Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted a virtual event: “Road to Silicon Valley” on October…

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How Virtual Worlds Will Change Our Lives Forever

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted their monthly Benkyokai webinar: “HOW VIRTUAL WORLDS WILL CHANGE OUR LIVES FOREVER, Case Study:…

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Venture Capital as the Bridge Between Japan and Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted the Benkyokai webinar: “Venture Capital as the Bridge Between Japan and Silicon Valley”. The webinar…

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Japan’s Energy Sector: Changes and Innovations for Sustainability

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted the Benkyokai webinar, “Japan’s Energy Sector: Changes and Innovations for Sustainability”.  The speakers provided…

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Rakuten’s Culture for Globalization and its PMI Impact

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted a Benkyokai webinar featuring Mr. Shinji “Sandy” Kimura, Chief Strategy Officer of Rakuten USA,…

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The Corona Virus, U.S. Presidential Election and U.S. Japan Relations

The Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted its first Benkyokai webinar. It discussed the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the…

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Adobe’s Chief Product Officer discusses his professional journey

(Palo Alto – April 3, 2019) Scott Belsky, executive, entrepreneur, author, investor, and Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, sat down with Tab…

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Founder & CEO of Treasure Data discusses founding and running an enterprise

(Palo Alto – March 6, 2019) Hiro Yoshikawa, VP & General Manager, Data Business at Arm and Founder & CEO…

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Ripple Executive Discusses Blockchain with SVJP

(Palo Alto – January 9, 2019) Emi Yoshikawa, Senior Director of Joint Venture Partnerships at Ripple, sat down with Wayne…

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JAPAN HOUSE : New Public Diplomacy Initiative

 (Palo Alto – December 5, 2018) Yuko Kaifu, President of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, shared how the JAPAN HOUSE helps…

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SVJP Monthly Benkyokai

On August 4, 2016, the Silicon Valley Japan Platform hosted an inaugural monthly meeting, which has come to be known…

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