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US & Japan vs. China: Cooperation and Competition in the War for Technology Leadership | Palo Alto

February 27 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


**In Person Event**

China’s rapid progress in technology development and its goal, outlined in its Made in China  2025 plan, to be globally dominant in high tech manufacturing, has raised concerns in the US and Japan about the economic and security implications of Chinese domination in sensitive technology sectors such as semiconductors, AI, and quantum computing. Japan and the US are both making investments in domestic technology development and manufacturing, taking measures to restrict China’s access to advanced technologies, and encouraging companies diversify supply chains away from China.

Is there more Japan and the US can do to cooperate to leverage complementary strengths to better compete with China in technology development and deployment?

Please come hear a timely discussion of this critical topic which is directly relevant to Silicon Valley from two top experts in this field, Professor Kazuto Suzuki of Tokyo University and Ambassador Kurt Tong of the Asia Group. Kurt Walter Tong is an American diplomat and business consultant, and the former Consul General of the United States of America to Hong Kong and Macau. He joined The Asia Group LLC as a Partner in July 2019. He previously was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and replaced Clifford Hart in Hong Kong in August 2016. He arrived in Hong Kong on August 27, 2016, to assume his position as the Consul General.

▼Event Details
Date & Time:
Monday, February 27th
3:30 Registration begins
4:00-4:05 Welcome and Scene Setting by Larry Greenwood | Board Chair, Japan Society of Northern California & Senior Advisor, BowerGroupAsia
4:05-4:13 Brief Remarks by Prof. Kazuto Suzuki | Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan & Director of the Institute of Geoeconomics at International House of Japan
4:13-4:21 Brief Remarks by Amb. Kurt Tong | Managing Partner, The Asia Group
4:21-4:50 Moderated discussion by Larry Greenwood 
4:50-5:10 Q&A
5:10-5:15 Closing Remarks Steve Pollock | President, Japan Society of Northern California
5:15-6:00 Networking
Morrison Foerster | 755 Page Mill Road, Bldg. A, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Suggested donation: $20 at the door or online upon registration


The Amazing Speakers:

Amb. Kurt Tong | Managing Partner, The Asia Group
Ambassador Kurt Tong is Managing Partner at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s  work in Japan and the broader East Asia region. Before joining The Asia Group, Ambassador Tong was an American diplomat for 30 years. From 2016 to 2019, he served as Consul General and Chief of Mission in Hong Kong and Macau. He was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department from 2014 to 2016, guiding the Department’s efforts as its most senior career diplomat handling economic affairs. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014, setting the stage for Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ambassador Tong was Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2011, leading the U.S. chairmanship of the organization during one of the most productive periods for APEC. He worked in the White House as Director for Asian Affairs during the George W. Bush Administration and handled negotiations with North Koreaon nuclear issues and other matters there and at the Department of State. In addition to Hong Kong and Tokyo, his overseas postings include Beijing, Seoul and Manila.

MoFo LogoProf. Kazuto Suzuki | Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan & Director of the Institute of Geoeconomics at International House of Japan
Prof, Suzuki graduated from the Department of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, and received Ph.D. from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, England. He has worked in the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, France as assistant researcher and the Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba from 2000 to 2008 and served as Professor of International Politics at Hokkaido University until 2020. He served as an expert in the Panel of Experts for Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council from 2013 to July 2015. He currently serves as a member of the National Space Policy Committee of the Cabinet Office, the Government of Japan, and the President of Japan Association of International Security and Trade. His research focuses on the conjunction of science/technology and international relations; subjects including space policy, non-proliferation, export control and sanctions. His recent work includes
Space and International Politics (2011, in Japanese, awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Policy Logics and Institutions of European Space Collaboration (2003) and many others.

Larry GreenwoodModerator: Larry Greenwood | Board Chair, Japan Society of Northern California & Senior Advisor, BowerGroupAsia
Larry Greenwood is a consultant advising on government relations and international economic policy, with expertise in trade, finance, development, and Asia. Larry was a career diplomat from 1976 to 2006 and served in a variety of positions in the State Department in Washington, D.C., and at U.S. embassies in Manila, Dakar, Tokyo, and Singapore. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he worked as vice president at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, where he oversaw loan and grant operations in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island countries, and as Senior Managing Director for government relations in Asia for MetLife based in Tokyo. After moving to the Bay Area in 2015 he joined the BowerGroupAsia and served as President of the Japan Society of Northern California from 2016-2019.


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February 27
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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