Southeast U.S./Japan Conference

The 38th Annual Joint Meeting between the Southeast United States and Japan will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama November 15-17, 2015.

This annual, high-caliber conference offers an outstanding way to increase your business ties with Japan.  North Carolina companies interested in exporting goods to the country will find relevant people to meet, and economic development organizations interested in attracting Japanese-owned firms to their region will also uncover excellent business connections.

The SEUS/Japan conference, always a high-profile event, will be sparkling this year. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the conference keynote speaker. Dr. Rice, the 66th Secretary of State for the nation and a Birmingham native will offer an informed take on today's international landscape.

Meet representatives from companies like Honda, Toshiba, Toyota and Mitsubishi as you help North Carolina strengthen ties with Japan, one of the state's most important international partners.

The 2015 conference features an outstanding group of speakers and an attractive series of networking activities in a vibrant Southern city.  This year's conference theme, “Initiative for a Sustainable Future — Through Constant Innovation” will be reflected in conference sessions and in your conversations with fellow delegates throughout the busy, information-packed event:

Sunday, November 15
  • Networking: Tour Birmingham while building new relationships
  • Play Golf at the famed Shoal Creek Golf Club
  • Gala Reception and Dinner

Monday, November 16
  • Dr. Rice's Keynote Address
  • Panel: Innovation Spurs Economic Growth
  • Panel: Protecting Your Profits in the New Energy/Environmental Era
  • Reception and Dinner at Barber Sports Museum
Tuesday, November 17
  • Conference Networking Breakfast
  • High-level Capstone Speaker (TBA)

    Download a registration form and register for the conference here.

    To attend the Southeast U.S./Japan Annual Joint Meeting, you must be selected as a delegate to the conference by one of the member jurisdictions in either the United States or Japan.

    To register as a 2015 North Carolina delegate, contact:
    David Rhoades
    Deputy Communications Director
    State Coordinator, SEUS/Japan Association
    North Carolina Department of Commerce
    (919) 715-6556
    Fax: (919) 733-9299 or

    For out-of-state residents interested in attending the conference, contact your state's SEUS/Japan coordinator:

    Alabama (2015 Host State)
    Ms. Hilda Lockhart
    Director, International Trade Division
    Alabama Department of Commerce
    (334) 242-0442
    Fax: (334) 242-0415

    Mr. Dave Woodward
    Executive Director
    Florida Delegation, Southeast U.S./Japan Association, Inc.
    (786) 235-8289
    Fax: (786) 235-8290

    Ms. Danielle Pascual
    International Trade Promotions Manager
    Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
    (404) 962-4061
    Fax: (404) 962-4121

    Mr. John Henry Jackson
    Protocol & Special Projects Officer
    Mississippi Development Authority
    (601) 359-6714
    Fax: (601) 359-4339     

    South Carolina     
    Mr. Clarke Thompson
    International Trade Director
    South Carolina Department of Commerce
    (803) 737-0438
    Fax: (803) 737-0538

    Mr. Andrew Dunn
    Head of International Strategy
    Department of Economic & Community Development
    (615) 253-1240

    Japan - U.S. Southeast Association (the SEUS/Japan Association's counterpart in Japan)
    O27-1, Shinkawa 2-chome, Chuo-ku,
    Tokyo, 104-8260, Japan
    Fax: +81- 03-5543-5933 

    Related Links

    Embassy of Japan
    Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta
    Consulate-General of Japan in Miami
    Consular Office of Japan in Nashville

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