Welcome to the Keizai Silicon Valley website. I am pleased to announce that 2015 will be Keizai’s 25th anniversary. Very few people know that Keizai was started by a group of Americans who were working in Japan. They called their group “Kaisha Society”. While Kaisha Society continued on in Japan, one-by-one members began returning to the US, in particular to the San Francisco/Bay Area. It was thus that the “Keizai Society” was formed by former Kaisha Society members who had returned to the area, and that formed the base of the organization that exists today.
Over the past 25 years, Keizai has evolved from an organization focused solely on networking, to a series of bi-monthly forums where we discuss various trending topics in technology, economics, and other areas. Today, Keizai has become an organization of approximately 30 volunteers who work countless hours to provide various events to an audience of close to 5000 Friends of Keizai (newsletter subscribers).
At this 25th year junction, we have reflected deeply on whether the name “Keizai Society” properly describes what we provide to our business community today. We concluded that changing the name to “Keizai Silicon Valley” would more accurately represent that we are based in the innovation capital of the world – Silicon Valley – and that we are considering opening up additional chapters in other cities. Along with the name change, we have also updated our logo to reflect this change.
Our annual theme defines our focus and priorities, and informs our activities, for the coming year. In 2015, our theme — The Power of Innovation to Shape the Future: New Vitality in US-Japan Business — also complements the transformation of Keizai Society into Keizai Silicon Valley. Both Japanese and US businesses will encounter unprecedented opportunities and obstacles in 2015 – domestic and international, economic and geo-political. As Steve Jobs observed, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Drawing on its deep roots in the global capital of innovation, Keizai Silicon Valley will strive to enhance leadership and vitality in US-Japan business relations and pave the way to a brighter and less volatile future, not just for these two countries, but for the worldwide community of nations.
Looking ahead, I am very excited to continue Keizai’s 25 years of success, and to exceed this record by new leaps and bounds. As one of our recent honorees Nobuyuki Idei says, we look for a quantum leap forward in what Keizai provides to the Valley and the world.
President, Keizai Silicon Valley