On Thursday, July 20, the 13th Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium was held at Stanford University to promote innovation and further business development in both countries by selecting and honoring outstanding U.S. and Japanese startups. The Consulate General of Japan sponsored this annual event co-organized by the Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) and the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University.
During the Symposium, two companies, Treasure Data, headquartered in Japan, and Figma, headquartered in the United States, received the Emerging Leader Awards for technological innovations in their respective industries. The Innovation Showcase also featured five Japanese startup companies (Elephantech, Final Aim, RECOTECH, SkyDrive, LegalOn Technologies) that are developing exciting new technologies and groundbreaking business ideas.
Additionally, Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa, the governor of Kanagawa prefecture, gave remarks and introduced the policy of Healthcare Frontier in Kanagawa, andMr. Akira Amari, a member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan, spoke about how Japan has been creating an ecosystem to nurture the seeds of technologies and connect them to businesses, the current Japanese strategy in the Semiconductor industry, and how Japan approaches Carbon Neutral objectives, among other topics.
In his speech, Consul General Noguchi noted that the Japanese government is committed to supporting startups, and expressed his hope that the symposium will lead to new collaboration and sharing across borders.