Pensacola hosts Florida-Japan Summit

The 9th Annual Florida-Japan Summit is coming to the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front on June 15.

The Summit aims to foster business and cultural ties between Florida and Japan through presentations and networking opportunities. Past programs have been held in Tallahassee, Delray Beach, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Admission to this year’s Summit is free, but registration is required to reserve your space and admission credentials.

A welcome reception will be held on Thursday, June 14, 4:30-6:00pm, at the University of West Florida’s Japan House-International Center, where University of West Florida President Dr. Judith A. Bense will be presented with an award by the Honorable Eiichi Kawahara, Consul General of Japan in Miami. All registered participants are invited to attend.

The half-day program will begin at 9:00am Friday morning, June 15, and will feature keynote remarks by Consul General Kawahara, along with remarks by UWF President Emeritus Dr. Morris Marx and National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) President Peter Kelley. Other featured panelists will include Scott Luth, Senior Vice President for Economic Development at the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Dr. Tadayuki Hara, Associate Dean of Rosen School of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Maria Cummett, Associate Vice President for Global Affairs at the University of South Florida.

Special room rates are available at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel for Summit participants. For more information or to register, contact the UWF Japan Center at (850) 474-3363 or email