Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
December 2, 2015

In this December 2, 2015 edition:

President's Message
March 2016 Tokyo Manufacturing Tour
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony
Save the Date: 2016 Chamber Week, January 19-22
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Yesterday, the president of Chamber member IQ360, Lori Teranishi, and I represented Hawaii in Washington D.C. for a meeting with the Japan Ambassador to the U.S., Consul Generals, including the CG to Hawaii, Mr. Yasushi Misawa, and 13 other Japanese American leaders from across the nation to discuss strengthening ties between the U.S. and Japan. This meeting was coordinated by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-Japan Council. 
Some of the topics discussed were peace and security legislation, particularly as it relates to the military operating oversees for collective self-defense for allies, economic relationships, public diplomacy, exchange programs and regional cooperation.
The Ambassador stated that the relationship between the U.S. and Japan is stronger than ever, but that more can be done to strengthen this relationship.
As it relates to economic and business opportunities, I emphasized the opportunity to work with chambers across the nation and in Japan, as we can serve as connectors.

We thanked Japan officials for its country's contribution to Hawaii, including as visitors and real estate investors, and as one of our top export markets, with Hawaii serving as a stepping stone for many Japanese companies who want to do business on the mainland. Additionally, many students continue to come to Hawaii to study at our universities and colleges, an educational initiative supported as part of the Chamber's legislative package last session. 

The special bond between Japan and Hawaii is stronger than ever and reminds us that we need to continue to work together and learn from each other. We look forward to working with our Consul General and counterparts across the nation and in Japan to accomplish this.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

March 2016 Tokyo Manufacturing Tour

Interested participants are invited to join the Chamber’s Tokyo Manufacturing Tour, March 10-16, 2016, to immerse themselves in learning about Japan, manufacturing and the mindset of the Japanese consumer. Trip highlights include:

  • FOODEX JAPAN 2016: One of Asia’s largest food and beverage shows with over 2,800 exhibitors and 3,500 booths.
  • Tour of manufacturing facilities including Orient Packaging Facility, a modern and efficient factory in Saitama that specializes in repacking products for large manufacturers.
  • Tour of Tokyo’s major retail venues.
  • Tour of Kirin Beer Factory.
  • Social networking with Japanese company buyers.

Registration and details to follow. For more information, email Connor McKenzie

Biz Tip: Learn about the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative which provides resources and seeks to enhance opportunities within the industry. 

December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremonies

Monday, December 7, 2015 marks the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the primary focus will be commemorating the Pearl Harbor attack, there are a number of other events that will memorialize those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation over seven decades ago. Here is a select list of events during the day:

  • 74th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration co-hosted by Navy Region Hawaii and the National Park Service—Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) at 7:45 am
  • 74th Remembrance Ceremony Commemorating the Attack on Hickam Field hosted by the 15th Wing—Hickam Flag Pole at Atterbury Park, JBPHH at 7:55 am
  • Klipper Ceremony hosted by Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)—Klipper Memorial near Base Flagpole, MCBH at 8:00 am
  • The Commemoration of the U.S. Army’s Actions on 7 December 1941 hosted by the 25th Infantry Division—Fort DeRussy at 3:00 pm

We hope that you can attend these events in honor of our brave service men and women who defended our country.

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and MAC members.

Save the Date: 2016 Chamber Week, January 19-22

Mark your calendar! Chamber Week 2016 – January 19-22 – features an informative line-up of events to inform members and engage them in key legislative issues.

Coinciding with the opening of the 2016 legislative session, members are invited to take part in the following activities to meet with legislators, voice their concerns, network with fellow members and receive updates on key issues impacting business and our state.

Many events are complimentary for Chamber and Young Professionals members to attend. Registration for some of the events are open, with others opening soon.
Sponsorship opportunities are available to gain valuable exposure for your company. Click here to view sponsorship packages. For more details and information, email Cristina Barbata

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