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JAPAN CURRENTS with Tak Niinami, CEO, Suntory Holdings, Ltd.

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • InterContinental L.A. Century City at Beverly Hills


An in-depth discussion about Suntory’s globalization and the future of US-Japan business relations.

Tak Niinami

Chief Executive Officer

Suntory Holdings Limited

“Suntory’s Globalization:

Bringing Together East and West”

Suntory was founded in Osaka in 1899 and built Japan’s first distillery in Yamazaki in 1923 to create a genuine Japanese whisky, completely different from Scotch.  Its Yamazaki and Hibiki whiskies, among other products, have won international awards and the company has diversified its business into beer, soft drinks, coffee, and many other popular consumer brands.

Suntory's globalization drive gained momentum with the acquisition of Beam.   Today, Suntory Group is one of the world's leading consumer products companies with nearly 40,000 employees and 300 group companies and operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania.  Tak will share his perspectives on Suntory’s globalization and how he sees the future of US-Japan business relations.

Tak Niinami started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation before becoming CEO of Lawson and then Suntory.  Since taking the helm of Suntory in 2014, he has led the company’s global strategic growth, shepherding the successful integration of Beam Suntory. 

Outside of Suntory, Tak serves on the Tax Commission of Japan, and the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors of Keidanren – Japan Business Foundation.  Tak is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Business Council in the US. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.

Opening Remarks    

Consul General Akira Muto

Kiichi Nakajima

Vice President & Regional Manager

Southwestern Region, U.S.A., Japan Airlines

President, Japan Business Association of Southern California

Q&A and Discussion Moderator

Brian Peck

Director, Center for Transnational Law and Business

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

USC Gould School of Law

Board of Governor, JASSC


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
4:30pm Registration
5:00pm Keynote Address and Q&A
6:15pm Networking Reception

InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills
2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
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Valet parking only, $16 per vehicle


$35 JAS, JBA, USJC, LAWAC/Town Hall and LA Chamber Members
$45 Non-Members or Guests
$95 Admission plus 1 year NEW JASSC Individual Membership

       (Individual Membership is normally $75.  Not valid for membership renewals)

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Japan Currents is made possible by a generous grant from the Embassay of Japan in the U.S.A. and supported by the National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.

Additional generous support is provided by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, the Aratani Foundation and the Japan Business Association of Southern California.




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