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2022 Japan Currents Symposium

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 11:30 am - 3:30 pm




Logistics and Supply Chains in U.S.-Japan Business and Trade

The annual Japan Currents Symposium returns as in-person event. For 2022, the conversation will focus on logistics and supply chains, which represent both challenges and solutions to recent global trade shortages. As the COVID pandemic has drastically affected the availability of key products and resources, the U.S. and Japan have been looking to innovative models to secure their economic security. Moreover, Japan is the U.S.’ fourth largest trading partner and the U.S. is Japan’s second largest partner, accounting for approximately $206 billion of cross-border exchange. Please join us for this essential discussion on how logistics and supply chains will impact U.S.-Japan business in the coming year.

**The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth will continue to monitor the COVID situation in the City of Irving and Dallas County. Additional information will be released on this website.



Date and Schedule

Wednesday, March 9
11:30 am – Registration
12:00 pm – Opening remarks and lunch
12:25 pm – Presentation by Scott Price, President, UPS International
12:45 pm – Presentation by Kantaro Takenaka, General Manager, Logistics Strategy Dept., Mitsui & Co. (U.SA.), Inc.
1:05 pm – Audience Q&A
1:30 to 2:00 pm – Coffee break and networking
2:00 pm – Panel Discussion
3:30 pm – Program closes


Irving Convention Center,
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard,
Irving, TX 75039


Hotel Information

For special guests, hotel reservations can be made here.
*Limited number of rooms available at our special price


Members: $35*
Non-members: $45
New JASDFW Membership and Ticket: $70


*Members’ prices apply to JASDFW, SMU students/faculty, and Promotion Partner organizations.


Luncheon Speakers

Scott Price – President, UPS International

Kantaro Takenaka – General Manager, Logistics Strategy Department (Corporate Planning Division), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.


Panel Speakers

Tim Feemster – CEO and Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics

Mollie Haney Bailey – Vice President, International Logistics, Transplace, an Uber Freights Company

Masaru Uchida – Director, Cargo Planning and Sales (The Americas), Japan Airlines

Dr. Hiroki Takeuchi (moderator) – Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia in the Tower Center, Southern Methodist University


About Japan Currents Symposium

This annual program brings leading thinkers from both Japan and the U.S. to explore current and looming issues that affect the critically important bilateral relationship. Topics addressed in the past have ranged from international trade to politics, security, and the globalization of Japan’s economy. From 2014 to 2019, this program was known as the Japan Update Symposium and was part of a series presented by Japan-America Societies across the U.S., made possible by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS). Starting in 2020, this program is known as the Japan Currents Symposium, again part of a series presented by Japan-America Societies across the U.S., made possible by the Embassy of Japan in the United States and NAJAS.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Irving Convention Cneter
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard,
Irving, TX 75039 United States
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The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a Texas non-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.