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  150 years of Trade, Commerce and Cultural Exchange
 

The Third Annual State of the US- Japan
Business Relationship Symposium


  Program Date:   November 4, 2003
  Application Due:   N/A
  Location:   The National Press Club, Washington, DC
  Program Type:   Business, Public Affairs
  Contact:   National Association of Japan-America Societies
Tel: 202-783-4550
Email: contact@us-japan.org

       
  Symposium Overview    
      Symposium Speakers:
 

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of formal diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. To commemorate this anniversary, the annual NAJAS symposium on US-Japan Relations focuses on several aspects of that remarkable relationship: defense, the US and Japanese economies, foreign direct investment and corporate citizenship.

The Annual Symposium was initiated by NAJAS in 2000 to pull together several organizations and experts from the public and private sectors focused on the bilateral relationship to inform a broader audience on current bilateral issues and to emphasize the continued importance and interdependence of the US and Japanese economies. This year's Symposium looks back on this relationship, examines the present and looks to the future of cooperation between Japan and the US as global leaders.

Background:

It would have been hard to imagine 150 years ago, when Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay, that Japan and the US would someday become the two largest free economies in the world; that the two countries would go to war and then support each other in peacekeeping; that each culture would have a significant impact on the other; that American (fast) food would dominate the urban landscape in Tokyo and that sushi would be sold in American ballparks and train stations; that an American would become a sumo champion and a Japanese would star in the 2003 World Series. Trade and commerce have played a critical role in the myriad cross-cultural exchanges that have occured over the last 150 years.

The symposium is sponsored by the National Association of Japan-America Societies and its member societies across the US and Canada, and it is held in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC and the US-Japan Business Council, which marks its own 40th anniversary this year.

 
Dr. William Farrell, NAJAS Chairman and Chairman, Dynamic Strategies, Asia
Hon. Thomas Foley, Former Ambassador to Japan and Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Min. Tadamichi Yamamoto, Minister for Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan
 
Dr. James Auer Director, Center for US-Japan Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt University
 
Ms. Wendy Cutler, Assistant US Trade Representative for Notheast Asian Affairs
 
Dr. Edward Lincoln, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
 
Mr. Charles Lake, II President, AFLAC Japan
 
Mr. Masao James Toyama, Vice President, International Public Affairs, Sony Electronics Inc.
 
Mr. Donald Westmore, Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
 
Dr. James Abegglen, Chairman, Asia Advisory Services
     
  Symposium Agenda  
     
 
8:00am   Welcoming Remarks by Dr. William R. Farrell, Chairman, National Association of Japan-America Societies and Chairman, Dynamic Strategies Asia
     
8:30am   Keynote Remarks by Hon. Thomas S. Foley, former Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Speaker of the House (1989-1995) and currently Chairman of the North American Group of the Trilateral Commission and is with the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld
     
9:00am   "Strengthening Foreign and Defense Policy Cooperation"
Minister Tadamichi Yamamoto, Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan
Dr. James E. Auer, Director, Center for US-Japan Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt University and former Special Assistant for Japan, Office of the Secretary of Defense
     
10:10am   Coffee Break
     
10:20am   "Trade, Investment and Economic Growth"
Ms. Wendy Cutler, Assistant US Trade Representative for Northeast Asian Affairs
Dr. Edward Lincoln, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
     
11:20am   "Foreign Investment and Corporate Citizenship"
Mr. Charles Lake II, President AFLAC Japan
Mr. Masao James Toyama, Vice President, International Public Affairs, Sony Electronics Inc.
Mr. Donald Westmore, Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
     
1:10pm   "The Japanese Economy: Reports of its Demise are Greatly Exaggerated"
Dr. James C. Abegglen, Chairman, Asia Advisory Services
     
2:00pm   Concluding remarks by Dr. William R. Farrell
 
     
     
   
     
       

       
 

U.S.-Japan 150th Anniversary Project Sponsors

U.S.-Japan 150th Anniversary Project and all its programs are made possible by the generous contributions from AFLAC, ANA-All Nippon Airways, Pfizer, Toyota, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Noevir and SONY.

 

     
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