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2012 World Alliance Forum

Distinguished transportation industry leaders, including Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company, and Lou Thompson, former railway advisor to The World Bank, along with financial leaders such as George Hara, Chairman, Alliance Forum Foundation, discuss the role of Public Interest Capitalism, long-term investment for socially beneficial corporations.

In the current climate of dissatisfaction with short-term capitalist speculation and market manipulation, this public forum addresses how investment with a long-term vision benefits all stakeholders.  The future of railway and other transportation infrastructure, including Japan Railway’s commitment to invest $4 billion/year for the next 30 years in a long-distance Maglev system, is taken as a key example of this movement.

The 2012 World Alliance Forum is hosted by the Alliance Forum Foundation in cooperation with Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center, with support from the California Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

2012 World Alliance Forum Program Schedule

1:30PM          Doors Open / Yoriko Kishimoto, Master of Ceremonies and former Mayor of Palo Alto  

2:00PM         Opening Remarks / Hiroshi Inomata, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco

2:15PM          Keynote:  “Strategies for High-Speed Rail Business” / Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company

3:00PM         Keynote: “Railways of the Future: Why We Need Them and How We Can Make Them Successful” / Lou S. Thompson, Former Railway Advisor, World Bank

3:30PM        Panel Discussion “Long-term Investment & Sustainable Future”

  • Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company
  • Lou S. Thompson, Former Railway Advisor, World Bank
  • Nick Rothman, Co-founder, Green Gears
  • Moderator:  Dr. Richard Dasher, US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University

5:00PM       Concluding Remarks: “Paradigm Shift Toward Public Interest Capitalism to Stop Financial Crises” / George Hara, Chairman of the Board, Alliance Forum Foundation, and Stanford University, M.S. Engineering ’91

5:30PM       Networking Reception

** All Stanford Students who register and attend the upcoming event on October 2nd will have the chance to  win a free round-trip ticket to Tokyo, Japan.  Student must be present to accept the award.

Click on the following link to register for the upcoming event:
$15 Early Bird by September 16, 2012 | $20 General Admission | Free for Stanford with valid ID

Forum Sponsors
Gold Sponsor:         Union Bank
Silver Sponsor:       Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | DEFTA Partners Group | Ito En
Supporting Organizations
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Japanese University Network in the Bay Area
Japan Society of Northern California
Keizai Society