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Why are Talented Young Japanese Flocking to San Francisco? – Big in Japan, with Eriko Sekiya

June 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$15 – $20

Graduate of Keio University, worked at elite firms then started two companies of her own. Plus appearing on television and radio, and publishing several books including a bestseller. Eriko Sekiya was a well-known successful businessperson with everything going for her in Japan, but she gave it up to come to get a master’s degree at Stanford. This makes her one of many talented young Japanese that are flocking to the San Francisco area in recent years.
Why is San Francisco supplanting New York as the place that young Japanese yearn to go to? What makes the city appealing for young Japanese today? What do they hope to find here? Technology and the entrepreneurial atmosphere are certainly at the top of the list, as well as the area’s other intangibles. And how can these young Japanese who have experienced Silicon Valley help Japan going forward?
In this presentation, Eriko Sekiya will share her business journey, and why she decided to come to the Bay Area for her next step. She’ll also talk about her experience here, how she’s grown and what she plans to do next.
“I think I gained an even more optimistic view on life. It’s okay to be controversial. It’s okay to be non-consensus. It’s okay to encounter conflicts. It’s okay to be different.” – Eriko Sekiya on what she learned at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Eriko Sekiya
Eriko Sekiya
After earning a B.A. in Economics from Keio University, Eriko Sekiya worked in Brand Management at Itochu and as a Product Manager at L’Oreal Japan where she spearheaded the global launch of two lipstick lines. She then co-founded a tutoring service, followed by a translation company serving high-profile clients in politics, IT, technology, fashion and business. This included serving as the official translator for speakers including Al Gore, the Dalai Lama, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Elon Musk. She earned her Master of Science in Management from Stanford in 2015 and is now planning her next step.

**No refunds issued after Tuesday, June 14.
On-line registration will close at 12:00PM on Tuesday, June 21. No walk-ins will be accepted for this event. 


  • 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM       Networking/Registration
  • 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM       Presentation with audience Q&A
  • 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM       Networking & Reception

Light appetizers and drinks provided

The event venue has been provided by generous support from:



June 21, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 – $20



Morrison Foerster
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482 United States
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