September 16, 2014, 8:30 - 2:30PM
Hilton Anchorage Hotel
8:00 - 8:30 am - Registration
8:30 - 1:30 am - Conference
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Shunichi Shimizu,
President & CEO, Resources Energy Inc., Alaska-Japan LNG Project
2014 Japan Business Update & Outlook

is a unique annual event that focuses exclusively on trade, commerce and investment ties between Alaska and Japan. It provides a timely update on the Japanese economy and new, or expanded, business opportunities. The importance of Japan to Alaska, its economic future (and implications), and commercial (trade and investment) opportunities for Alaskan and Japanese companies, is outlined and discussed.

The focus of 2014 event was on the energy sector, as well as other Alaskan industry sectors with significant Japanese involvement, including seafood, tourism, mining, forest products and transportation.
Pioneers of the Alaska-Japan Commercial Relationship

Former Alaska Governor and United States Senator Frank Murkowski moderated a special panel of distinguished leaders of government and business who in the 1960's, 70's and 80's pioneered today's important trade and investment ties between Japan and Alaska. Panelists shared memories and moments that led to this partnership of commerce and friendship that continues today.
Music Performance, Featuring Koto

Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, also called Japanese zither. Ms. Azumi Nishikawa played koto and Dr. Hiroko Harada accompanied her.
Click on a Photo to Download Speakers' Presentations

Eiji Maezawa
Executive Vice President/COO
Resources Energy Inc.
(Alaska-Japan LNG Project)
Alexa Tonkovich
Int'l Program Director
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Hidehiro Muramatsu
General Manager
Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation

Kiichi Nakajima
Vice President, Japan Airlines
Int'l Sales & Strategy Promotion
Yoshi Sagawa
Assistant General Manager
Sumitomo Metal Mining-Pogo Mine
Shunichi Shimizu
President and CEO
Resources Energy Inc.
(Alaska-Japan LNG Project)


Jillian Simpson
Travel Trade Marketing Manager
AK Travel Industry Association
Paul Dunscomb
Professor of East Asia Studies
University of Alaska Anchorage
Deb Hickok
President & CEO
Explore Fairbanks
  Hiroko Harada
Director of Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture
Professor of Japanese Language at UAA
This event was conducted in cooperation with the Alaska World Affairs Council, Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, and the Japanese Society of Alaska