Annual Award Of Honor Gala

Annual Gala

Japan Society 2012 Gala

Saturday, November 3, 2012

VIP Reception: 5:30 pm
General Reception: 6:00 pm
Dinner Program: 7:15 pm

Parc 55 Wyndham Union Square Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco

This year we recognized McKinsey & Company, a global management firm that has advised many of the world’s governments, top corporations and major institutions. In 2011, McKinsey & Company edited Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works, a compilation of 80 global insights on Japan’s future following the triple disasters of 3/11. This unique volume marks a turning point for Japan that is commensurate to the Meiji Restoration and Japan’s post-war recovery.

We had an exciting program for the evening: a panel discussion of Japan’s future moderated by Michael Armacost, Former Ambassador to Japan. Our stellar panelists included Yotaro Kobayashi, Former President and CEO, Fuji Xerox Corporation; and George P. Shultz, Former US Secretary of State, who touched on the nature of the Japan-US relationship as well as economic, demographic, and competitive challenges.  In addition, Georges Desvaux, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company and Glen S. Fukushima, Former Chairman & Director, Airbus Japan KK spoke on the next steps Japan may take as it seeks to reinvent itself.


2012 Gala Sponsors

We would like to thank each of our sponsors in 2012*:



  • ANA
  •   John A. and       Cynthia Fry Gunn
  • JAL
  •  Hiro and Betty Jean Ogawa
  • UnionBank
  • united

  •  Gerald and Keiko Horkan


Individual Sponsors


*Sponsor list current as of October 15, 2012

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Participant Biographies

Georges DesvauxGeorges Desvaux

Accepting the Award of Honor on behalf of McKinsey & Company, Georges Desvaux is Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company, Japan, and a senior partner in the firm, globally. Mr. Desvaux has more than 20 years of experience across Europe and China. In Japan, he advises clients across industries on issues ranging from go-to-market planning and customer service to corporate and business unit strategy. He has previously worked in McKinsey’s Paris and Beijing offices as well.

Mr. Desvaux is a regular contributor to debates on Japan-focused topics at forums and conferences such as the World Economic Forum, Roundtable Japan, and APEC. He is a leader of McKinsey’s Marketing Practice and also the firm’s Consumer & Shopper Insights Center. Mr. Desvaux has authored and contributed to prominent articles and research on consumer and macroeconomic trends, including “The Future of Tablets” and “The Next $20 Trillion in Emerging Markets,” as well as on the reforms necessary for China’s transition to a market-oriented economy. Before joining McKinsey in 1988, he was European sales manager for Barry Controls, an industrial components manufacturer.

Michael H. ArmacostAmbassador Michael H. Armacost, PhD

In his current role as Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, Ambassador Michael Armacost has been at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center since 2002.

Ambassador Armacost began his career in academia, as a professor at Pomona College. In 1969, he was awarded a White House Fellowship, and was assigned to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of State. Following a stint on the State Department’s policy planning and coordination staff, he became a special assistant to the US ambassador in Tokyo in 1972, his first foreign diplomatic post. From 1982 to 1984, he served as US ambassador to the Philippines, and was a key force in helping the country undergo a nonviolent transition to democracy. In 1989, President George Bush tapped him to become ambassador to Japan, considered one of the most important and sensitive US diplomatic posts abroad.

From 1995 to 2002, Ambassador Armacost served as President of Washington, DC’s Brookings Institution, the nation’s oldest think tank. He has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, and he currently chairs the board of The Asia Foundation.

Glen S. FukushimaGlen S. Fukushima

Glen S. Fukushima served as Chairman and Director of Airbus Japan K.K. Before joining Airbus, Mr. Fukushima served as president of the Japan operations of NCR Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and Arthur D. Little, Inc. Until 1998, he was Vice President of the Japan operations of AT&T Corporation. Before embarking on his business career, he was based in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President.

Mr. Fukushima served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), 1998-1999, and Vice President, 1993-1997. He has served on numerous corporate boards and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has studied and worked in Japan for over 25 years, including at Keio University, a daily newspaper, an international law firm, and as a Fulbright Fellow and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo.

Yotaro KobayashiYotaro Kobayashi

Yotaro Kobayashi joined Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (now FUJIFILM Corporation), and transferred to Fuji Xerox in 1963. He was named president and CEO in 1978. In 1992, he took on the role of chairman and CEO, and served as chairman of the board from 2004, followed by chief corporate advisor. He worked hard to balance the interests of his company with those of the wider community and individual employees, moving ahead of other Japanese companies to introduce programs for family care leave and parenting leave.

Mr. Kobayashi is a member of World Premier International Research Center Initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; lifetime trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives; chairman of the Trilateral Commission’s Pacific Asian Group; chairman of the Aspen Institute Japan; chairman of the board of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum; a member of the Board of Trustees at Keio University; chairman of the International University of Japan; and member of the board at Sony Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, and Callaway Golf Company.

George P. ShultzSecretary George P. Shultz

George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth US Secretary of State and served until 1989. He later rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and as a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Acuitus, Inc., Fremont Group, and Theranos, Inc. He is advisory council chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University, chair of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and chair of the Energy Task Force at Hoover Institution.

In 1989, Secretary Shultz was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He also received the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service (2001), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002). The George Shultz National Foreign Service Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated on May 29, 2002. He received the Rumford Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008 and the Commandant’s Leadership Award from the Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation in 2009.


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