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10th Annual Florida - Japan Summit

The annual summit program is intended to provide an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the exchange information regarding the Business, Education, and Cultural ties between Florida and Japan through presentations and a networking reception in a state-wide context.  This is our 10th annual Summit, with past programs held in Delray Beach, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Tallahassee. 

Date June 7, 2013

Time 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location University of South Florida
Patel Center for Global Solutions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620

Parking available to registered attendees at Lot 23T (click here for map).

Discount group rates are available at $119 per room per night at:
Embassy Suites- USF
3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, Florida, 33612
TEL: 1-813-977-7066
FAX: 1-813-977-7933

Mention: "FL-Japan Summit" when making reservations
Discount available until May 30, 2013

View the Florida - Japan Summit Trifold.


Registration is free and advanced registration is required to both the Summit and the Welcome Reception. 

Registration check in for the summit is 8-9 AM on June 7th, a light continental breakfast will be available during check in. 

Welcome Reception

A Welcome Reception will be held the evening of June 6th for all registered participants from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the University of South Florida Patel Center.

Come meet and network with others while enjoying Asian style hors d'oeuvres and beverages.


View the Florida - Japan Summit Program Agenda in PDF form.

Program features opening remarks by University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft and keynote remarks by the Honorable Eiichi Kawahara, Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan in Miami.

9:00–9:05 am Welcome & Introductions:  Dr. Maria Crummet, Associate Vice President, University of South Florida

9:05–9:15 am Opening Remarks:  Dr. Judy Genshaft, President, University of South Florida (TBC)

9:15-9:40 am Keynote Speech:  The Honorable Eiichi Kawahara, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Miami

9:40-9:55 am Brief Responding Remarks by State of Florida Representatives:
- Mr. Dave Woodward, Executive Director, Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan Association, Inc.
- Mr. Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President, International Trade & Business Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.

10:00-10:45 am Business Panel:
Moderator:  Ms. Deborah Wilkinson, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council
Panelists: - Mr. Keiichi Kimura, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Atlanta
               - Mr. James N. Hizer, President & CEO, Greater Pensacola Chamber 

10:45– 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 am Education & Culture Panel:
Moderator:   Ms. Sibille Pritchard, Vice Chair, Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan Association, Inc.
Panelists:  - Ms. Shigeko Honda, Director, Japan Center, University of West Florida (Invited)
                - Professor Taketo E. Ohtani, University of South Florida, Department of World Languages
                - Mr. Frank Schnidman, First Vice President, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach

11:45-11:55 am Q & A Session:
Moderator:   Mr. Keith A. Norden, Secretary/Treasurer, Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan Association, Inc. & President/CEO, Team Volusia EDC

11:55- 12:00 pm Closing Remarks:  Mr. Dave Woodward, Executive Director, Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan Association, Inc.


The Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council
Florida Delegation SEUS/JAPAN Association, Inc.
USF World

Co- Sponsors

Enterprise Florida
Fowler White Boogs
The Greater Pensacola Chamber

Supporting Organizations

Consulate General of Japan in Miami
Hillsborough County Florida
Tampa Bay EDC
The Morikami Museum & Gardens
University of West Florida

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