Kizuna 4 Economic Seminar: Sustaining Tohoku

  • 06:00 PM
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago

The Japan America Society of Chicago presents a special program on the progress being made in northeastern Japan, featuring a keynote address by John Harris, President and Representative Director, Nippon Becton Dickinson Co., Ltd; Ichiro Sone, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago; and Yasuhiro Nagamatsu, Executive Director, JETRO San Francisco and former Chief Director of JETRO Fukushima.

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The economic seminar is being presented in conjunction with the Kizuna 4 photo exhibition. Information on the exhibition can be found at

絆 Kizuna 4: Through Our Eyes  has been made possible through the generous support of many. Special thanks go out to those who supported the trip to Japan’s Tohoku and Fukushima region by Osaka Committee Chair Yoko Noge and photographer and curator Jamason Chen to photograph and document the recovery process. Thank you Joji Takizawa for donating Jamason Chen’s flight to Japan, Nobuko Nakamura of United Works Corp. for serving as the trip’s driver and chief coordinator, Mizuki Nakamura of Gudonin Buddhist Temple for providing lodging. Thank you furthermore to Chief Priest Shoko Fujinami of Yaegaki Jinja Shinto, Yukihide Sato of ABL Co., Ltd., Souji Abe of Wild Road Choppers, Tsutomu Yamada of Hot Valve, Miki Yonekura, Kotaro Iizawa and Masafumi Yonekura for their invaluable support in Tohoku and Fukushima.

Thank you as well to our community partners the 113 Project, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Hekiun Oda, Loyola University Chicago School of Communication, the Office of City of Chicago Mayor Emanuel; the Office of Illinois Comptroller Munger; the Office of Illinois Representative Robyn Gabel; and the Office of Illinois Governor Rauner.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous cooperation of Nikkei Inc. Dedicated to The Nikkei’s collection Memory: Things We Should Never Forget

絆 Kizuna 4: Through Our Eyes corporate and individual sponsors include Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Grant Thornton LLP; Hana to Yoko Flower Shop; Matsutani America Inc.; Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.; Masuo Ogura; Mayumi Lake; M Square; Nagle Photography; OMRON; and Tsukasa Taiko.

絆 Kizuna 4: Through Our Eyes is presented by the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and co-presented by The Japan America Society of Chicago, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago and JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Chicago.

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