USC Global Conference 2017 opens in Tokyo

TOKYO — The 2017 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo today with nearly 500 people at the welcome dinner to kick off the three-day event. Guests were treated to a special performance by legendary violinist Midori Goto, Distinguished Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, regional business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“This is a special moment for so many of us, to come together like this in the city of Tokyo … this icon of culture and change, this beacon of possibility,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said. “The energy of Tokyo in 2017 in many ways mirrors the energy of our worldwide Trojan Family in 2017.”

The event will focus on how the impact of technology on our lives continues to accelerate and widen. Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, will be the featured keynote speaker in a conversation with USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley during Friday morning’s opening session.

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