Japan Still Matters : NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series

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Japan Still Matters : NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series

Japan Still Matters

NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series

Wednesday October 7th, 2015 

Enhance your understanding of the Japanese market with the Business Speaker Series, a business forum featuring two speakers: one from Toray Industries (America) Inc. and the other from the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS).
Increasingly, there is interest in China and Southeast Asia as desirable markets for Minnesota goods and services. Japan for many years was the 3rd largest trading partner of Minnesota. Within the last 5 years, Japan has been overtaken by China and most recently by Mexico and is now the 4th largest trading partner for Minnesota. Yet, Minnesota is currently exporting $1.2 billion of goods per year to Japan. This forum will discuss why a focus on Japan matters as markets in China, India, Korea and Southeast Asia continue to grow. The two speakers will make the point that Japan does matter as Japanese and U.S. companies focus on their strengths and make investments that meet their economic goals.



Minoru Yoshinaga:
MinoruThe Chief Executive Representative of Toray USA, Inc. will speak about the U.S. strategies of his company and how they are achieving success. Toray Corporation opened its U.S. headquarters in New York in 1957. It now has 12 manufacturing facilities North and South America that produce such diverse commodities as fibers, textiles, resin, film, carbon fiber, and water treatment, to name a few. The most recent addition is the Zoltek Corporation, based in St. Louis that produces large-tow carbon fiber. Toray is also a supplier of carbon fiber for the Boeing Company. Recently, Toray Americas opened an office in Minneapolis as a way to enter the strong medical device industry in Minnesota.

Ira Shapiro:
Ira Shapiro Photo-1Former U.S. Trade Representative who served in Japan during the Clinton Administration, will speak about how he was able to assist U.S. auto makers in selling cars and auto parts in the Japanese market and the lessons that were learned. He will also talk about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how this agreement is important to the future of the trade relatio​nship between the U.S. and Japan as well as for nations in Southeast Asia.

We invite you to join this luncheon to learn more about the important relationship between the U.S. and Japan and how trade continues to play an important role in building a strong, enduring relationship between the two countries.

This program is presented in cooperation with the Keizai Koho Center (KKC) and the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS)

Wednesday October 7th, 2015 
Door Opens 11:00 am
Program 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Radisson Blu, Minneapolis
Norway Room
35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
JASM Members: $15
MIC Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Students: $10
(Please have your Student I.D. at the door)

RSVP: You can make a reservation by filling out the form at the link


NAJAS/KKC Business Speakers Series

If you have questions, you may contact us through E-mail at  riosaito@us-japan.org  or call give us call at 612-627-9357