Stanford-SPF New Channels Dialogue 2015


Date and Time

January 22, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM



RSVP required by 5PM January 21.


Bechtel Conference Center
Encina Hall
616 Serra St., 1st floor
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford-Sasakawa Peace Foundation New Channels Dialogue 2015

"Innovation: Silicon Valley and Japan"


January 22, 2015

Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, Stanford University

Sponsored and organized by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) in Association with U.S.-Japan Council

The Japan Program at Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University is continuing the "New Channels" dialogue which started in 2013 with support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. The project was launched to create new channels of dialogue between experts and leaders of younger generations from the United States, mostly from the West Coast, and Japan under name of "New Channels: Reinvigorating U.S.-Japan Relations," with the goal of reinvigorating the bilateral relationship through dialogue on 21st century challenges faced by both nations. 

Last year, in its inaugural year, the Stanford-SPF New Channels Dialogue 2014 focused on energy issues. This year's theme is innovation and entrepreneurship, which will take place on January 22 at Stanford University with participants that include business leaders, academia and experts from both the United States and Japan. On January 23, a closed dialogue among participants will be held at Stanford.

Shorenstein APARC will be tweeting about the conference at hashtag, #StanfordSPF. Join the conversation with the handle, @StanfordSAPARC.


Brief Agenda

Gi-Wook Shin, Director, Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University
Yuji Takagi, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Panel Discussion I: Current State of Silicon Valley Innovations

Chair: Kazuyuki Motohashi, Sasakawa Peace Fellow, Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University

Richard Dasher, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
Tak Miyata, General Partner, Scrum Ventures
Patrick Scaglia, Consultant and Technology Advisor, Startup Ventures and former senior executive, Hewlette Packard
Norman Winarsky, Vice President, SRI Ventures, SRI International

Panel Discussion II: Current State of Innovations in Japan

Chair: Kenji Kushida, Research Associate, Japan Program, Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University

Yusuke Asakura, Former CEO, mixi
Takuma Iwasa, CEO, Cerevo
Yasuo Tanabe, Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Ltd.
Hiroaki Yasutake, Managing Executive Office and Director, Rakuten




Panel Discussion III: Taking Silicon Valley Innovations to Japan

Chair: Richard Dasher, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University

Jeff Char, President, J-Seed Ventures, Inc. and Chief Mentor, Venture Generation
Akiko Futamura, President and CEO, InfiniteBio
Allen Miner, Founder, Chairman & CEO, SunBridge Corporation
John Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Panel Discussion IV: The Japanese Innovation Ecosystem and Silicon Valley: Bringing them Together (How Japanese firms can make use of SV?)

Chair: Takeo Hoshi, Director, Japan Program, Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University

Robert Eberhart, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University and STVP Fellow, Stanford University
Gen Isayama, CEO and Co-Founder, WiL (World Innovation Lab)
Naoyuki Miyabe, Principal, Miyabe & Associates, LLC
Hideichi Okada, Senior Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation


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