Japanese Delegation Visit to Arizona

On February 22nd and 23rd, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles hosted a Japanese delegation visit in Arizona.
With a string of investments by semiconductor companies and suppliers of semiconductor-related materials and equipment, Arizona has been attracting attention as the next Silicon Valley. We invited Japanese companies considering expansion or investment in the U.S. as well as Japanese companies already in the U.S. that are considering expanding their business in Arizona. It provided an opportunity to further learn about investment opportunities in the state through economic seminars, panel discussions, company visits, and networking receptions. Over 40 Japanese companies and organizations (nearly 80 delegates total) joined the program to better understand the investment, business and living environment in Arizona.
The program is expected to further contribute to the semiconductor market by Japanese companies, increase direct investment from Japan to Arizona, and strengthen the supply chain of the semiconductor industry.
The program included the following items:
Day 1
  • State Overview by Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)
  • Regional Overview by Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
  • Industry Seminar by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)
  • Presentation by Arizona State University (ASU)’s MacroTechnology Works (MTW)
  • Panel Discussion with Japanese Companies in Arizona (AGC Multi Material America, Blue Yonder, JX Metals USA, Iris USA, and Organo)
  • Panel Discussion with Arizona City Officials (City of Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe)
  • Networking Reception
Day 2
  • Intel Visit & Presentation
  • Amkor Technology Visit & Presentation
  • Arizona State University (ASU)’s MacroTechnology Works Visit
  • Salt River Project Visit and Presentation
  • Japan-US Economy, Japan’s Economy Policy Presentation by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
  • Discussion on Living Environment in Phoenix and Global Semiconductor Situation
Consul General Sone Remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego
Panel discussion with Japanese companies in Arizona Group photo from GPEC
Remarks from CEO Sandra Watson, ACA Amkor Technology visit