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Washington DC- Responding to Digital Innovation Challenges in Japan lecture/panel discussions- Nov. 21- FREE

Join in on an afternoon of lectures and panel discussions exploring solutions to digital innovation challenges in Japan. 

 The Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and the Washington Innovation Network (WIN) are pleased to present experts in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship, and women empowerment.

Dr. Toshio Obi, Professor of Information and Communication Policy at Waseda University, will provide a lecture on digital innovation challenges inhibiting political, industrial, educational, and economic success in Japan. He will also explore how Japan can strengthen ICT to remain competitive in the international market.

Dr. Naoko Iwasaki, Associate Professor at the Insitute of eGovernment at Waseda University, will address labor force issues in technology. Her lecture will focus on women in Japan as an untapped resource for innovative solutions to digital challenges. She will also offer comparative data between women in technology in the U.S. with women in technology in Japan to explore ways that Japan can nurture women’s performance in the workplace.

Registration is required.

Monday, November 21st, 2016

from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)

Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

1150 18th St NW

Suite 100

Washington DC 20036 US



 Program Schedule


1:30-2pm at the Japan Information & Culture Center

Opening Remarks

2:00pm-2:05pm Opening Remarks by Tamaki Tsukada, Minister for Communications and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Japan

2:05pm-2:10pm Opening Remarks by Katsuyuki Imamura, Founding President of Washington Innovation Network

Session 1

2:10pm-2:40pm Politics of Japan’s Digital Innovation by Dr. Toshio Obi

2:40pm-3:10pm Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Dr. Richard Linowes (Associate Professor, Kogod School of Business, American University)
  • Panelists: Dr. Toshio Obi, Dr. Banning Garrett (Adjunct Faculty, Singularity University), Tomohiro Yonei (Deputy General Manager, NTT – DC Office)

3:10pm-3:30pm Q&A

Session 2

3:40pm-4:10pm Women and Innovation in Japan: Analytics of the Present and the Future by Dr. Naoko Iwasaki

4:10pm-4:40pm Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Barbara Dyer (CEO of Hitachi Foundation)
  • Panelists: Dr. Naoko Iwasaki, Abigail Friedman (CEO of The Wisteria Group), Chiyo Kobayashi (CEO of Washington Core)

4:40pm-5:00pm Q&A


5:00pm-6:00pm Networking Reception

WIN Lecture: Responding to Digital Innovation Challenges in Japan