Keizai Events

24th Anniversary Shinnenkai Reception

Event Overview:

Please join us in celebrating Keizai Society’s 24th anniversary

at our Shinnenkai on Friday, January 31st at 6:00pm at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. We will be honoring Mr. Nobuyuki Idei with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to US-Japan relations.

Mr. Idei is founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation, a management consultancy company established in 2006. He is also president of Asia Innovators’ Initiative, a non-profit organization registered in Japan.

Mr. Idei currently serves as director of Accenture (since February 2006), Baidu (since June 2007), Freebit Co., Ltd. (since June 2007), Lenovo Group (since September 2011), and Monex Group (since June 2013).

Mr. Idei joined Sony Corporation in 1960. After devoting himself to establishing overseas operations in Switzerland and France, he took on leading positions of the audio and video businesses before being appointed a board director in 1989. During his tenure as top management at Sony, as president from 1995 to 2000 and as chairman and Group CEO from 2000 to 2005, he created new IT and networked businesses, such as the VAIO computer, mobile products with Ericsson, Internet service businesses leveraging Sony’s entertainment contents, and others, to transform Sony into a unique networked “AVIT” company.

We will also be performing our traditional Kagamiwari (sake barrel “breaking”) ceremony. The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Masato Watanabe is expected to lead this tradition.

The Keizai Society’s theme for this year is “2014: A Turning Point for US – Japanese Business?” The next twelve months may prove a watershed moment in the progress of both Japanese and Japanese-US commerce. From the promising (albeit evolving) impact of “Abenomics” to the world’s choice of Tokyo as the venue for the 2020 Olympics to the benefits that may accrue to Japan – U.S. partnerships by jointly developing high-growth emerging markets, 2014 will be a fascinating and perhaps transformational year for US-Japan relations and business. Please join the Keizai Society as it presents programs throughout 2014 designed not only to help us keep our finger on the pulse of events but to contribute to those events as well.

Start off 2014 by strengthening your existing business relationships and forging new ones. Bring lots of business cards to exchange, including one to enter the drawing for the exciting door prizes. We look forward to celebrating 2014 with you at our 24th anniversary Shinnenkai.

Due to the anticipated number of attendees, early registration online ( is highly recommended. We cannot guarantee that there will be room for walk-ins.


Friday, January 31, 2014 

Reception 6:00 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.
PROGRAM: 6:45 P.M.– 10:00 P.M.


Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club
3000 Alexis Drive Palo Alto, CA 94304

$40: Early Bird Discount for first 60 registrations by Friday, 1/10/2014 (11:00 pm)

Please take advantage of early bird discount. Quantity is limited so act fast!
We sold out at our last forum so register now

$50: Registration by 1/27/2014 (11:00 pm)
$75: Late Registration by 1/30/2014 (12:00 noon)
$100: Walk-ins
(Subject to room capacity/ cash or check only)