Akira Chiba - Consul General of Japan

Ticket Prices:
$42 - Online Advance Reservations
$45 - At the Door for Rotarians and Guests
$13 - Non-Diners (members only)

$7.50 - Parking
$12 - Alcohol

Please note that advance online tickets must be purchased by 3pm on the Thursday prior to the Friday meeting.

California Club
538 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Akira Chiba - Consul General of Japan

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We had a great meeting on Friday the 13th! Shout outs again to our Entertainment Sponsors, Ben Harati, Michael Hart and Joshua Mandell. VP and Program Chair, Matt Ball, served up an amazing first speaker with Greg McKeown. Hats off to everyone who came and who helped out in getting the year off to an outstanding start. Thanks also to our friends at the Jonathan Club for the wonderful service, food and customer service!

This coming Friday, July 20, we are back at the California Club. We have the Japanese Consul General, Akira Chiba. His talk promises to be fascinating and I am very pleased to announce that our member, Teruko Weinberg, has generously offered to be the Program Sponsor for the day!

Consul General Chiba's talk focuses on the Meiji period of Japanese history as it came out of the time of war lords and royalty, a feudal society, and grew into a Westernised society with major changes in social structure, politics, economics and international relations.

As recently as 2015, Japan housed more than 1,263 companies in Los Angeles alone providing over 42,000 jobs and $2.8 billion in wages that year. (Howard Fine, LA Business Journal 1/3/17). Japan remains one of the most important sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the US. The total stock of FDI from Japan to the US is $344.1 billion and is over 80% of the FDI that originates from Asia-Pacific.

With the trade-war saber rattling coming from the current White House, Asian markets teeter on the brink of concerned instability. In this context our speaker should prove very enlightening.

I hope you will join us and invite your friends and colleagues who may have interest in the business and cultural relationship between Japan and the US and especially with Los Angeles.

HERE'S THE LINK! It really helps us a lot if you can reserve online. If you prefer not to register online, please shoot us (myself and/or Jennifer) an email so we can include you in our count.

Japan has been the inspiration for so much technological and cultural creativity in Los Angeles. We have a rich history of partnerships. I know this will be another inspiring meeting!

In Service #Changemakers #BeTheInspiration

–Erick Weiss, President of LA5