Japan/America Society of Kentucky




Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: 

Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy

Co-sponsored by Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, 

and World Affairs Councils of America

In partnership with World Trade Center Kentucky and Japan-America Society of Kentucky

Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:00-2:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Lexington, Regency Ballroom
401 West High St., Lexington, KY 40507

Japan is Kentucky's top foreign direct investor, with191 Japanese-owned facilities operating and creating nearly 46,000 full-time jobs in the state. Kentucky ranks number two nationally in terms of the percentage of jobs supported by Japanese foreign direct investment.

For Japanese companies in Kentucky and for educators and state/local authorities who have been actively reaching out to Japan to invite additional investments and job creation, workforce improvement has been a common top priority.

Please join us for a luncheon discussion on Japan's future overseas investment interests and the kinds of workforce needed in Kentucky to support these investments. The event will be an opportunity to identify the challenges that Kentucky faces to recruit and train the necessary workforce, and explore how Japanese and U.S. companies, state and local authorities, and educational institutions can work together to address these challenges.

Confirmed Speakers:

Cassidy Cocanougher, Manager, Regional Engineering & Skill Training Center, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Workforce Center, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
The Honorable Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Consul-General of Japan in NashvilleIsamu Wakamatsu, Executive Director, Research and Information Services, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) New York
Ambassador James P. Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA

Ian Mooers
, Director of Training, World Trade Center of Kentucky

This event is being offered as part of Sasakawa USA's The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program series. The Kentucky program is held in collaboration with World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The discussion will be held on-the-record and is open to the public. Members of the local government, businesses, educational institutions, and the media are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.



12:00-12:30 Registration/Lunch
12:30 - 12:45 Welcome Remarks
12:45 - 1:30 Panel Discussion
1:30 - 2:00 Audience Q&A

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