Panel Discussion on "Arizona’s Growing Role in Semiconductor Security and Supply Chain - Global Investments and the View from Japan"

On February 10, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, supported by the Global Chamber and the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, hosted a panel discussion on "Arizona’s Growing Role in Semiconductor Security and Supply Chain - Global Investments and the View from Japan". Consul General Muto, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Dean Sanjeev Khagram of Thunderbird School of Global Management, CEO Doug Bruhnke of Global Chamber, Japanese companies, JETRO Los Angeles, and about 40 others participated in-person. The event was held in a hybrid format, and included virtual appearances by U.S. Senator Mark Kelly and an Intel Executive.
Arizona has recently been attracting attention as a center for the semiconductor industry, associated with major announcement by giant fabricators such as TSMC and Intel. In the “U.S.-Japan Competitiveness and Resilience (CoRe) Partnership” established in April last year, the leaders of Japan and the United States agreed to “cooperate on sensitive supply chains, including semiconductors, and on the promotion and protection of critical technologies.” Arizona is becoming a more attractive place for Japanese companies to expand their businesses.
Consul General Muto said, "Japanese companies are poised to play a stronger role in the creation of an impressive semiconductor industry cluster in Arizona. Japanese firms are major suppliers of chemicals, resins, metal components and machinery that supports the industry worldwide, and they will undoubtedly be supporting the industry here in Phoenix, too. Phoenix Mayor Gallego said she is looking forward to Japan's contribution to the city of Phoenix in the future, and hoping to build stronger partnerships with Japan based on this initiative.
Panelists (in order of speech)
・Akira Muto, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
・Kelly Moeur, Honorary Consul of Japan in Arizona
・Sanjeev Khagram, Dean, Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management
・Kate Gallego, Mayor of City of Phoenix
・Mark Kelly, US Senator (video message)
・Colleen Schwab, Chief Performance Officer, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
・Susana Trasente, Economic Development, City of Peoria (Online)
・Jason Bagley, State to Government Senior Director, Intel Corporation
・Masago Kuwabara, President, JX Nippon Mining & Metals USA (Online)
・Ken Campman President, Sumitomo Chemical Advanced Technologies
・Hisashige Harashima, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager, United Precision Technologies Inc.
・Craig Kerkove, President, Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc. (Online)
・Yasutaka Asai, Deputy Director, JETRO Los Angeles
In this Arizona trip, Consul General Muto also met with Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Russell Bowers, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega to discuss future cooperation between Japan and Arizona in areas such as semiconductors and the environmental protection.
Watch video from the event:

Event overview

Welcome remarks by Consul General Muto

Meeting with Mayor of Phoenix Kate Gallego

Meeting with Arizona State House of Representative
Speaker Bowers and Legislature members