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Investing in Georgia’s Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue

September 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Georgia is home to a young, growing population of over 10 million people entering an increasingly technologically advanced twenty-first century workplace. With more than 432 facilities in Georgia, Japan is a leading international investor employing over 26,000 workers.

On September 6, Sasakawa USA, the U.S. Department of State, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology co-hosted a luncheon panel discussion to explore how Japanese and U.S. firms, state and local authorities, and educational institutions can work together to train and develop Georgia’s workforce. Panelists addressed Georgia’s future workforce needs, approaches to workforce development, and opportunities for stakeholder collaboration.

Local supporting organizations include the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Technical College System of Georgia.

This event was offered as part of Sasakawa USA’s The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program. It also supported the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue’s effort to increase bilateral collaboration on developing employees who perform successfully as technological advancements change the 21st century workplace, creating jobs and promoting economic growth in both countries.

The on-the-record discussion was open to the public. Members of the local government, businesses, educational institutions, and the media were invited to attend. Lunch was served.

Click here for a detailed Agenda and Speaker Biographies.

Please see below for photos from the event.


Noon             | Registration & Lunch

12:30 p.m.   |  Welcome Remarks

12:45 p.m.   | Panel Presentations

1:15 p.m.      | Discussion and Audience Q&A


Julie Chung, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

James Hoadley, Associate Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER), Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Ray Perren, President, Lanier Technical College

Michael Phillips, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, InComm

The Honorable Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta

Phil Sutton, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation

Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA

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Photography and videos by Forten Media.


September 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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