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As society's interest in food sustainability grows, soybeans as a plant-based food ingredient are attracting renewed attention worldwide.
At the same time, there is an opportunity to introduce soy foods, a part of Japan's food culture, to the world has been becoming greater than ever.

U.S. soybeans, which account for 70% of the imported soybeans used as raw materials for soy foods in Japan, have been making efforts to promote sustainability. In this symposium, we will discuss the current status of U.S. soybeans, the sustainable future opened up by soybeans, and new business opportunities for Japanese companies. We hope you will join us.

a sustainable certification for U.S. soybeans?
●Sustainable procurement required in the global supply chain
●New possibilities for the plant-based material "soybeans
●Soy food culture" from Japan to the world


USSEC Sustainability Symposium 2021
[Soy Food and Sustainable Future]
Day and Time

Date & Time (Japan):

DAY 1: Wed Sep 15
9:30~12:15 AM JST(Open 9:15 AM)
DAY 2: Thu Sep 16
9:30~12:15 AM JST(Open 9:15 AM)

Date & Time (U.S.):

DAY 1: Tue Sep 14
7:30~10:15 PM CST(Open 7:15 PM)
DAY 2: Wed Sep 15
7:30~10:15 PM CST(Open 7:15 PM)
Online symposium(Zoom/Live)
Japanese/English (+ Simultaneous Interpretation)
U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)
Nikkei BP Intelligence Group
U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
In cooperation
  • In cooperation with Sustainable Japan
free of charge


*Please note that the program is subject to change, including speakers and session times.

*Please note the dates and time are all Japan Standard Time

Day1:Wed Sep 15
Theme: Sustainability Certificate and Supply Chain



Ms. Roz Leek

Ms. Roz LeekSenior Director & NEA Regional Director


Ms. Rosalind R. Leeck
Senior Director for Market Access/Northeast Asia Regional Director – U.S. Soybean Export Council

Rosalind (Roz) Leeck is the Senior Director for Global Market Access and Northeast Asia Regional Director at the U.S. Soybean Export Council. She is responsible for worldwide activities monitoring and addressing trade barriers and other market access issues that impact the U.S.’s ability to export soy and soy products. She is also the Regional Director for North Asia responsible for Korea and Japan.
Roz has been involved in a number of industry activities and is currently serving on the Management Council of the International Grain Trade Coalition and as a cleared advisor for the USDA and USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feeds, Oilseeds, and Planting Seeds. She is also past Chair of the Indiana Grain and Feed Association and Agribusiness Council of Indiana. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Millikin University. Roz originally hails from southern Illinois where she remains a partner in her family’s grain and livestock farm. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, a Master of Business Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Mr. Morgan Parkins

Mr. Morgan ParkinsMinister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs
Embassy of the United States of America Tokyo, Japan


Morgan Perkins assumed the post of Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs in the summer of 2020. Mr. Perkins is a career Foreign Service Officer with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and prior to this assignment served as Director of USDA’s Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) network in Tokyo and Osaka.
Before coming to Japan, Mr. Perkins served as Regional Agricultural Attaché based in the Dominican Republic; re-established USDA’s presence at the U.S. Embassy, Havana as the Department’s first representative to Cuba in six-decades; and has served in Afghanistan, Brazil and The Netherlands as well as several stints in Washington, DC.
A native Marylander, Mr. Perkins studied at the University of Delaware and George Washington University, as well as serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.


【Keynote Speech】

A Sustainable Future for Agriculture & Soy Business in 2030

Mr. Kenji Fuma

Mr. Kenji FumaCEO


Founded a sustainability management and ESG investment consulting company in 2013. He is the editor-in-chief of the news website Sustainable Japan. He is a member of the ESG-related expert committees of the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Director of WaterAid Japan, a water and sanitation NGO. Master's degree in Sustainability from Harvard University. MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management; B.A. in International Relations, College of Liberal Arts, University of Tokyo.


【Special Interview】

The Science and Sustainability of Soils that Grow U.S. Soybeans
~Conversation with Kevin Edwards, Editor of Real Leaders (U.S. Economic Journal)~

Ms. Meagan Kaiser

Ms. Meagan KaiserUSB (United Soybean Board) Director


Megan Kaiser
USB Director | Treasurer of the Executive Committee | Chair of the Strategic Plan Task Force
Meagan Kaiser grows soybeans and corn with her husband and his family on their farm in Bowling Green, Missouri. In addition to farming, Meagan is a soil scientist at Perry Agricultural Laboratory and also owns and operates a precision agriculture soil sampling service. This is her fifth year serving on the United Soybean Board. Meagan also serves as Treasurer of the United Soybean Board on the executive committee. She is also Chair of the Strategic Plan Task Force.
Meagan is also involved in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow and serves on the Pike County Farm Bureau Board. She enjoys spending time with her young children, traveling for business and pleasure, and boating on the Mississippi River.
Meagan believes some of our biggest opportunities are high oleic acceptance by food companies, potential increase of protein content and waterway infrastructure.


【Special Lecture】

U.S. Soybeans The Case Study of Sustainability
in the Production of Food Soybeans

Mr. Dan Schwartz

Mr. Dan SchwartzSchwartz Farms, Partner & owner


Dan Schwartz, partner and owner of the Schwartz Farms Family of businesses with his wife Pam and his brother Tom. The businesses include Schwartz Farms Partnership, Schwartz Farms LLC, Westfield Specialty Grains LLC and Hartford Orchard LLC.
Dan’s experience as an agronomist, seed specialist and Certified Crop Advisor allow him to serve as the managing partner in the daily operations. The companies work closely with seed breeders to offer the best varieties that fit our customer needs. Schwartz Farms Non-GMO Soybeans have been grown and shipped to Japan for more than 25 years.
Dan has always believed in serving his local community and the Agricultural community as a whole. He has served on the Maplewood Local Schools Board of Education since 2006, he also served as a member of the Ohio Soybean Council for 12 years from 2002-2014.
Dan and his wife Pam reside in Farmdale, OH. They are the proud parents of six children Stephanie (David) Pykare, Jessica (John) King, Kristen (Kemar) Reid, Elizabeth, Aaron, and Gracie. They are also grandparents to Maggie and Ryun Pykare, Cooper, Connor, and Caden King, and baby Reid (coming Fall of 2021).


【Company lecture】

IKEA's strategy for plant-based product development

Mr. Kiyoshi Sagawa

Mr. Kiyoshi SagawaIKEA Country Food Manager


He joined IKEA in 2012 as Food Manager at IKEA Funabashi (now IKEA Tokyo-Bay), and has worked in local marketing and as Commercial Food Manager since then. Prior to joining IKEA, he had over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including positions at Four Seasons Hotel and Global Dining.


【Editor's View】

Accelerating Sustainable Food Procurement

Ms. Kaoru Fujita

Ms. Kaoru FujitaNikkei ESG Senior Editor
Professor, Tohoku University;
Visiting Professor, University of Toyama


【Panel Talk】

Now and in the Future

Masako Tateishi

Masako TateishiDeputy Country Director,


Born in Tokyo, Japan, she moved to the United States in 1993 to study abroad. After graduating from Boston University's Graduate School where she studied cognitive psychology, she worked in marketing at a U.S. food company. After returning to Japan, she joined USSEC(U.S. Soybean Export Council). Since 2013, she has also served as a food coordinator for Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. In 2017, at the request of the edible oil industry, she launched the Soybean Oil Meister Certification. In 2020, she was appointed Vice President of USSEC Japan.Plans and manages activities aimed at promoting the U.S. Soy export and stimulating and revitalizing demand in the Japanese soybean industry.

Ms. Fusako Kira

Ms. Fusako KiraPresident
Marukin Foods Co.


Born in Kumamoto City, she moved to the U.S. to study in 1989 and worked for AT&T in the U.S. After returning to Japan in 2012, she became the General Manager of the Corporate Planning Office of Marukin Foods in 2016, and was appointed to her current position in October 2016.
After experiencing the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016, she realized the need for products that can last at room temperature and be eaten in a healthy manner. She is always taking on new challenges, such as launching "B-GENKI," which deals with processed natto and konjac products.

Mr. Masashi Nakagawa

Mr. Masashi NakagawaGeneral Manager
Product Department
MIKI Corporation


He joined MIKI Corporation in 2004, and has been in his current position since 2019.
He was the first health food company to introduce the U.S. soy sustainability certification mark on "MIKIPRO TEEN 95," a soy protein-based product that they have been selling since 1979. In order to spread awareness of the mark, he has established November 1 of each year as "Sustainable U.S. Soy Day.

Mr. Satoru Kosugi

Mr. Satoru KosugiPresident
Kosugi Foods Co.


Kosugi Foods is a manufacturer of natto (fermented soybeans) with over 80 years of history, headquartered in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture. Graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Nagoya University in 1983. Joined Kewpie Corporation in 1983. In 1986, joined Delia Foods Co. Joined Kosugi Foods in 1987. Appointed President in 2002 and has been in the position up to the present.

Mr. Koichiro Aihara

Mr. Koichiro AiharaManaging Director


SAITAMA RYOUKOKU CO.,LTD. was started in Kawagoe as a minor grain trader, and has continued to develop with its expertise for over a hundred years. The company sells domestic and imported soybeans, which are the raw materials for traditional Japanese foods such as tofu, natto, miso, and soy sauce.
After graduating from school in March 2008, worked for a trading company in Tokyo before joining the company in April 2013. stationed at Schwarz Farm in U.S.. assigned to Sales Department in February 2015. appointed Managing Director in April 2021.

Kazuhiro Watanabe

Kazuhiro WatanabeSenior Researcher
Nikkei BP Intelligence Group

Day2:Thu Sep 16
Promoting Soy Culture from Japan to the World


【Special Lecture】

Promotion of a healthy and sustainable food
environment and future prospects

Ms. Aki Saito

Ms. Aki SaitoChief Officer, Office of Nutrition, Health Service Division
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare


She Joined the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in April 2014; Researcher, National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition; She studied in the UK (Imperial College London, City University of London); She was appointed Acting Director, Medical Technology Research and Development Division, National Institute for Health Care Research, Japan; assumed current position in April 2021. D. (Life Science), Master of Public Health.


【Special Lecture】

New Trends of Plant-Based Food and Soy Food

Mr. Hirotaka Tanaka

Mr. Hirotaka TanakaManaging Executive Officer of SIGMAXYZ Inc.


After working for Panasonic, he joined McKinsey & Company, where he was involved in growth strategy planning and execution, M&A, new business development, and venture collaboration.
In 2005, he joined Sigmexis, aiming to create a new industry through a business co-creation ecosystem with food as its starting point. He is the editor of “Food Tech Revolution” (published by Nikkei BP).


【Company Lecture】

Soy food Processing Technology , The Challenge of FUJI OIL

Mr. Tatsuji Omori

Mr. Tatsuji OmoriPresident of FUJI OIL CO., LTD.


He joined Fuji Oil Holdings, Inc. in 1983, and was appointed as Executive Officer and General Manager of Sales Division 2 in 2014. In 2015, he was appointed General Manager of Emulsification & Fermentation Business Division.
In 2017, he was appointed Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Fuji Oil Holdings, Inc., and President of Fuji Oil CO.,LTD..
In 2021, he was appointed Senior Executive Officer at Fuji Oil Group Headquarters, and President of Fuji Oil CO.,LTD.


【Company Lecture】

Business Strategy for ZERO MEAT

Mr. Hiroyuki Shima

Mr. Hiroyuki ShimaDirector Plant-based Business,
Director New Business Planning Department,
Otsuka Foods Co .,Ltd.


After graduating from Tokyo University of Science, he joined an entertainment production company, and in 1996 joined Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. After working in the pharmaceutical division, he joined Otsuka Foods in 2002 as PM in charge of the development of "Sugoi Daizu", a whole soy drink.
In April 2018, he became General Manager of the New Business Planning Department at Otsuka Foods, and in November 2018, he launched the plant-based brand "Zero Meat.


【Company lecture】

Saving the Protein Crisis with the Power of Germination

Mr. Koji Ochiai

Mr. Koji OchiaiCTO / Director of Lab. , DAIZ.Inc


Mar. 1998 , Plant Manager of SALAD COSMO USA CORP.
May 2006, Established Seed Lifetech Corporation, Representative Director
Apr2019, Professor of Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kumamoto University (present post)
Oct 2020 Director, Head of R&D, DAIZ Corporation (present post)
In 2002, after working for a major food company, he started a bio-venture company in the US. Later, he returned to Japan to conduct full-scale research and development, which became the basis of DAIZ's business.


【Panel talk】

Soyfoods from Japan aiming for the World

Mr. Nobuhide Nakagawa

Mr. Nobuhide NakagawaDirector,
Public Relations & IR Department.


1986 Joined House Foods Industry Co., Ltd. (at that time), assigned to research laboratory, in charge of food processing technology development, product development for snacks, desserts, beverages, etc., research planning, overseas technical support, etc.
2013 Assigned to the U.S., President of House Foods America, Inc. (manufacture and sale of tofu)
President, El Burrito Mexican Foods Products (production and sales of plant meat products)
2018 Returned to Japan, General Manager of Public Relations & Investor Relations, House Foods Group Inc. to present.

Ms. Mio Ikeda

Ms. Mio IkedaDirector,
marketing Division
Asahiko Co.


She has more than 20 years of experience in product development and marketing at food manufacturers in Japan and overseas.
In 2018, she joined ASAHICO to work on the development of new future-oriented tofu products that are better to the environment as well as People's Health, utilizing the characteristics of tofu. She has been working on the development of new future-oriented tofu products. The "Tofu Bar with 10g of Protein" launched at the end of last year has shipped 5 million units in 6 months, and has been introduced in many media and has attracted much attention.

Mr. Fumiaki Terada

Mr. Fumiaki Terada,Director,
Overseas Business Planning Department,MORINAGA MILK INDUSTRY CO.,LTD.


Joined Morinaga Milk Industry Co. After working at the Tama Plant in Tokyo, he was in charge of long-life tofu (LL tofu) and general food products at the Central Research Laboratory, where he was involved in the FDA registration of LL tofu. Since 2019, he has been working in the Overseas Business Planning Department, in charge of B2B dairy ingredients company in Germany, LL tofu PBF business in the U.S., and dairy products company in Vietnam.

Mr. Kenji Miyoshi

Mr. Kenji MiyoshiChairman
Japan Tofu Association


In 1990, at the age of 25, he joined his family's tofu business, Miyoshi Shokuhin Kogyo, and became the representative director in 2006. He also served as an auditor and later as a director of Asahi Shokuhin Kogyo (now Asahiko Corporation, headquartered in Saitama Prefecture) from 2005. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Japan Tofu Association since 2013, and after serving as vice chairman, he will serve as chairman from 2019. His hobbies include golf and drinking. His family consists of his parents, wife, three children, and two cats.

Kazuhiro Watanabe

Kazuhiro WatanabeSenior Researcher
Nikkei BP Intelligence Group


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