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2024 JASNC Annual Conference
Emerging Technologies and the Indo-Pacific

Please join us on March 14th, 2024 for our JASNC Annual Conference! This year's theme will be "Emerging Technologies and the Indo-Pacific." Program details below.

Beverages to be served throughout event. Networking reception with hors d'oeuvres to follow expert panel discussion and Q & A.

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Thursday, Marc
h 14, 2024


2:00 - 2:30 pm    Registration

2:30 - 2:40 pm    Opening Remarks

2:40 - 3:00 pm    Game Changing Technologies - Dr. Tsuchiya

3:00 - 3:20 pm    National Security and Consensus between Washington and Tokyo - Mr. Schoff

3:20 - 3:30 pm    Break

3:30 - 4:15 pm    Panel Discussion, moderated by Mr. Chung

4:15 - 4:45 pm    Q&A

4:45 - 6:00 pm    Networking Reception


North Carolina Biotech Center

15 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709


JASNC Members - $15
Students - $5
bers - $30


Business Attire

Program Overview:


JASNC Chairman, David Robinson, will open the conference by introducing our guests, Dr. Takahiro Tsuchiya, Mr. James Schoff, and Mr. Christopher Chung. Dr. Takahiro Tsuchiya will then explore the topic of game-changing technologies, dissecting their significance in the domestic and strategic policies of the United States, Japan, and the broader Indo-Pacific region. His discussion will highlight the key technology sectors pivotal for national and international security, delineating each country's strengths and weaknesses in these domains. Dr. Tsuchiya will also offer insights into China's economic security strategies concerning game-changing technologies, and provide a nuanced understanding of Japan's economic security policy within the Japan-U.S. alliance framework.

Following Dr. Tsuchiya's insights, Mr. James Schoff will take the stage to emphasize the consensus between Washington and Tokyo on the dual nature of national security, encompassing both territorial and economic dimensions. Schoff will delve into the measures employed by the U.S., including export controls, investment screening, and cybersecurity requirements, primarily targeting China but involving other nations as well. He will underscore the current US administration's initiatives in research and industrial subsidies to maintain technological advantages and stress the critical importance of well-coordinated efforts among allies. The nexus between emerging technologies and policy coordination will be a focal point, aiming to strike the right balance for regional stability and prosperity while safeguarding security interests.

After a short break, the speakers will be joined by Mr. Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of NC, who will serve as a moderator for the panel session. Following the panel discussion, there will be some time for audience questions.

All are invited to join us for a networking reception immediately following the conference where light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Conference Speakers:


Dr. Takahiro Tsuchiya
Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Advanced Science

Dr Takahiro Tsuchiya is an Associate Professor at the Kyoto University of Advanced Science in Japan. He is also a Senior Researcher at Keio Research Institute at SFC, Keio University. He holds a Ph.D. in Security Studies from the National Defense Academy. He served at the Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong from 2015 to 2017, and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2015.

His research focuses on security studies and foreign policy in China and East Asia, economic security, and industrial policy on emerging technology, particularly in quantum computing and synthetic biology.

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Mr. James L. Schoff
Senior Director, US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

James (Jim) L. Schoff became senior director of the “US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative” at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA in 2021, following nine years as senior fellow and director of the Japan Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Prior to Carnegie, Schoff served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the US Office of the Secretary of Defense, contributing to strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea.

He also worked in Japan as Business Manager for a large construction and project management
firm, Schal Bovis, and he was the Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis for seven years.


Mr. Christopher Chung
CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

In 2015, Christopher Chung joined the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) as Chief Executive Officer. Chris brings more than 20 years of state-level economic development experience to his role.

As a public-private partnership, the EDPNC is responsible for a number of economic development functions on behalf of the State of North Carolina, including new business recruitment, existing business support, international trade and export assistance, small business start-up counseling, and tourism, sports, and film promotion.

With a staff of more than 60 professionals and an annual operating budget of more than $24 million, the EDPNC is focused on advancing the economic interests of North Carolina’s 100 counties and more than 10 million residents.

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