On the heels of the 40th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and Japan-U.S Southeast Associations (SEUS/Japan), October 22-24, 2017 in Greenville, Chairman Teruo Asada announced that this prestigious gathering of global business leaders will next gather at the New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, from October 18-20, 2018 to celebrate longstanding economic and cultural ties between Japan and the Southeastern United States.
Created in 1976, the Southeast U.S./Japan Association was established to promote trade, investment, understanding, and friendship between Japan and U.S. member states. Today, member states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. A Japanese counterpart, the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association, is composed of Japan's top business leaders and government officials.
An annual conference between the two associations is held on a rotational basis in Japan and the Southeastern U.S. Also on a rotational basis, each of the seven states serves as "Host and Co-host State" for a two-year term and assumes leadership of SEUS/Japan during that period. Japan's Toshiba Corporation hosted the meeting in Japan in 2016, and South Carolina hosts this year. Tennnessee served as host in 1982, 1996 and 2010.
The annual conference attracts state governors, corporate presidents and CEOs, and top economic development and business leaders from the seven southeastern states. Some 400-500 individuals participate in this annual event. Meetings include top business and political leadership, including Ambassadors and Consul Generals, all representing the most significant aspects of the economic relationship between Japan and the Southeast.
The 2017 conference featuree outstanding speakers and a series of unique experiences in the Greenville area, including a golf outing at The Cliffs at Glassy. Networking among approximately 470 Southeastern and Japanese delegates was a key element of the conference.