Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan: Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba visits MN

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Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan: Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba visits MN

featuredimage copyA group of individuals who have consistently made efforts to convey the strengths and appeal of Japan has been dispatched to the US. The members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including a former ambassador, a trading company employee, a female entrepreneur, and a student. The group will meet and hold discussions with the Japan America Society of Minnesota, providing an opportunity for an honest exchange of opinions on relations with Japan.

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Schedule for Former Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba’s Delegation:

Monday, Sept. 14 

Topic: “Trade and Investment Strategies in Japan”

Presenters will be Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba and Mr. Keiji Shigeoka

This presentation will be a discussion of trade initiatives by the Japanese government. Part of the discussion will focus on the strategies of large Japanese trading companies in seeking energy resources. There will also be discussion on energy distribution through the global operations of large Japanese energy companies. The presentation will address the issues of how Japan is gaining access to energy sources. What is Prime Minister Abe’s administration doing to stimulate international trade? How important is the role of large trading companies to Japan’s total economy? These and other questions will be addressed in this presentation.

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Time: Door 11:30 a.m., 
Luncheon Noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch provided
Location: St. Paul Hotel
350 Market Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Registration: Please fill out the form by going to this link here.
Ticket: $10 JASM members, $15 non-members, $5 Students (with student I.D. at the door)

 

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Monday, Sept 14

Topic: “The progress of Abenomics and Innovation”

Presenters will be Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Mr. Sachio Mikumo and Ms. Eri Fuwa

The speakers for this event will focus on the current economic situation in Japan based on the policies of the administration of Prime Minister Abe. Have the aggressive policies by Prime Minister Abe been able to produce positive change and address some of the economic challenges in the economy, such as deflation and labor issues?  How will Japan continue to be a strong leader in producing innovative products of high quality? What are local governments doing to address the social and environmental needs of their communities? Join us for a discussion of Japan from various perspectives and insights.

Co-sponsored by Minnesota-Economic-CLub

Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Dinner provided
Location: Radisson Blu, Minneapolis
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Registration: Please fill out the form by going to this link here.
Ticket: $10 JASM members, $15 non-members, $5 Students (with student I.D. at the door)

 

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Tuesday, Sept. 15

Topic: “Security Issues, Female Empowerment, and International Education ”

Presenters will be Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba, Ms.Eri Fuwa and Mr. Akira Nishikawa

While Japan has enjoyed peace for the past 70 years, security issues, such as Japan’s relations in East Asia with China and South Korea; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have become important challenges. How do people in Japan view the security situation with China and South Korea? Are there major concerns about maintaining peace with their East Asian neighbors? What benefits do people in Japan see coming from a TPP agreement?

Discussion will also focus on the role of cities in developing a safe and healthy environment for their citizens. The impact of urban planning on small businesses in the retail market will be discussed. What is the state of the economy in urban centers in Japan? How do small business owners maintain their business in a changing economy? Do local governments provide any assistance to small businesses to help them to survive?  What is the perspective of Japanese students towards the changing economy? Do they wish to study abroad or students believe staying in Japan for their education is better for their careers?  How do Japanese young view their role in promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world? Come to this event to hear information on these topics.

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Time: Door 7:45 a.m.
Talk 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast provided
Location: Dorsey and Whitney
50 South 6th Street
Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Registration: Please fill out the form by going to this link here.
Ticket: $10 JASM members, $15 non-members, $5 Students (with student I.D. at the door)

 

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The Delegation Members:

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 2.09.09 PMAmbassador Mitsuo Sakaba (Group Leader)
Mr. Sakaba formerly served as the Ambassador of Japan to Vietnam and the Kingdom of Belgium, and has also served as the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago. He is currently a Professor of International Politics at the Yokohama City University.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 2.09.22 PMKeiji Shigeoka
Mr. Shigeoka is the former president of Itochu Petroleum Co., USA, with an extensive fuel distributing business experience in North America.

 

 


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Eri Fuwa
Ms. Fuwa is a Toyota City Official with experiences in city planning and local economy revitalization.

 

 


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Sachio Mikumo
Mr. Mikumo is currently the President & CEO of his own private equity firm in Long Beach, California. He worked for The Bank of Tokyo and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi for 20 years.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 2.09.59 PMAkira Nishikawa
Mr. Nishikawa is a freshman at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland with experiences in student group activities, international conferences, and of studying abroad in India.