JCCI/NC/JAA Present 2024 Inaugural Young Professionals Networking Event Elevate and Innovate! Roadmapping the Future Together

While the start of the new fiscal year can be exciting, it can in some cases call for many doubts in a VUCA-driven world. Especially in the early stages of their careers, one can feel anxious about their future and the prospect of putting down roots.

This collaborative kickoff event will address this by offering our young professionals a platform to connect, learn, and thrive with like-minded peers from three Japanese-based organizations (JCCI; The Nippon Club; Japanese-American Association of New York (JAANY)). What is more, they will hear from two outstanding young professionals in a fireside chat. During the networking session (finger foods & refreshments included), they will have the rare chance to get acquainted with c-suites and supporting member companies to further leverage their network and gain valuable insights. There will also be a small raffle where proceeds will benefit JAA’s Noto Earthquake Relief Fund.

By the end of the program, participants will not only expand their business network, but also be better equipped and inspired to become future leaders and key players in their respective industries.

We are hopeful this event will be the first of many to come for young professionals. As such, we would appreciate it if our members could use this event as a welfare program for their young professionals.

Ideal for YPs who would like to:
○ Share their experiences, challenges, insights, and aspirations amongst each other
○ Connect with C-suites and chief representatives
○ Increase one’s professional network
○ Explore opportunities for future collaboration and partnerships

Thursday, April 18, 2024
6:00-8:00PM ET

6:00 – 6:40PM Panel Discussion
6:40 – 8:00 PM  Networking Session

Nippon Club 2nd Floor Rose Room
145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Register Here

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As this event is a breed for emerging talent, we do encourage current member chief/c-suite representatives to register as well to provide any career guidance, advice, and tips for the young professionals during the networking reception.

Please note:

※As capacity is limited and we would like to welcome as many participants as possible from a variety of industries, please limit 3 attendees per company at this time.

※This event will be conducted in English. Subtitles and captions will not be provided.

※For cancellations, please notify us 48 hours prior to the event, otherwise full payment will be required.

※As there will be beer and wine, please understand we will only accept participants over the legal age of 21.

※Once we reach capacity of total guests, registration will be closed and registrants will be placed on a waitlist.

■ Speakers

Shiho Matsuoka
(Producer, Nippon TV)

Shiho has been a news producer at Nippon Television’s New York Bureau since 2014. She is a resident journalist at the United Nations responsible for all Peace and Security matters such as North Korea, Ukraine, and the Middle East. She covers major breaking news, mostly located in North and South America, including feature stories. When the Ukraine invasion was initiated by Russia, she went to the Ukraine border 3 times in 1 year to cover the developing story on the ground. She also does modeling, acting, and content creation on the side. She has been in two Off Broadway musicals and acted in commercials, including Google Pixel. She is very passionate about all the work she does.

Hayato Sumino
(Pianist, Engineer, Content Creator)

Hayato Sumino began his musical career as the Grand Prix winner of the PTNA Piano Competition as a graduate student at The University of Tokyo in 2018. Sumino garnered international attention as a semi-finalist in the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland and won various awards, including the third prize at the 2019 Lyon International Piano Competition. He completed his Master of Engineering degree at The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology in March 2020, and received The University of Tokyo President’s Award, recognizing his outstanding achievements in both music and academics. Recognized for his distinctive style, which blends classical techniques, arrangements, and improvisational skills, Sumino also writes, arranges, and streams his own music on YouTube under the name “Cateen,” amassing over 1.2 million subscribers and 160 million views (as of September 2023). He also achieved significant milestones, including becoming the official navigator for BBC Proms JAPAN and earning a coveted spot on the Forbes Japan 30 Under 30 list. Now based in New York, he made his American debut in 2023, and in March 2024, he signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Sony Classical, with plans to release his debut album in October featuring a diverse repertoire.

Yuuki Endo
(Corporate Training Coach/MC/Interviewer)

Yuuki is a corporate trainer skilled in communication, customer service, and hospitality training. She was Chief of Brand Promotion at Honda Commtec, the in-house advertising agency for Honda Motor Co., Ltd. where she implemented creative advertising methods and high impact hospitality in Honda’s showroom. Since 2020, she has performed in over 100 talk shows and events in her current profession as a freelance interviewer, conference MC, and radio personality in Japan. She has also led team building workshops, and has taught customer service, communication skills, and business manners to new employees of client companies.



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