- Jim French, President of Panasonic R&D Company of America
- Osamu Onodera , Chief Representative, Silicon Valley Office at NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)
- Aki Ohashi, Director of Business Development for Japan at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)
Japanese companies have historically led in sustainability and "eco" but due to recent events the domestic Japanese consumer is demanding ever more innovation in clean energy technology. Japanese companies are working to leverage this demand-driven innovation into partnerships and trade within cleantech markets worldwide. In this program we hear what Panasonic R&D USA and other Japanese multi-nationals in NEDO projects are working on and we will discuss how they are positioning themselves for success and what models they see for cooperation with U.S. and Silicon Valley based companies. We will also hear how PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center which was spun-off from Fuji-Xerox) is selling its early-stage technology into Japanese multi-nationals and how it successfully manages these relationships.What is clean energy technology or “cleantech”?
Clean energy technology represents a diverse range of products and services which increase performance and efficiency while delivering a lower ecological impact and a lower overall cost. This includes but is not limited to the following sectors: Energy Efficiency (Buildings, Lighting, Sensors), Energy Generation (Solar, Wind, Biofuels), Energy Infrastructure (Grid Management, Transmission, Metering), Energy Storage (Fuel Cells, Batteries, Hybrids), Materials (Nano, Bio, Chemical), and Transportation (Vehicles, Logistics, Fuels) among others.
Keizai Society’s theme for the remainder of 2011 is “Recovery and Renewal – Toward a New Japan of Compassion and Growth.” Programs of the Keizai Society will be dedicated to sustaining Japan’s recovery efforts. Proceeds from these programs are donated to Keizai’s Japan Relief Fund
When & Where
Keizai Society (http://keizai.org) is a Silicon Valley based business and professional networking organization. One of its primary purposes is to provide a venue of programs that showcase specialists with expertise on issues critical to the success of entrepreneurs and companies doing business with Japan and the U.S. Founded in 1990 in San Francisco, Keizai Society¹s audience includes people from the worlds of business, academia and politics in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Keizai Society enables broad yet intimate networking among its audience members. In addition to establishing a sense of collegiality, networking provides opportunities to exchange information, share advice, offer inspiration, and expand business possibilities. Among other benefits, Keizai Society participants report that they often receive business referrals and ideas how to expand and enrich their businesses.