NAJAS/KKC Business Speakers Series: Japan Still Matters

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NAJAS/KKC Business Speakers Series: Japan Still Matters

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Enhance your understanding of current Japanese-American relationships with the Business Speakers Series, a business forum featuring two speakers: one from Sumitomo Chemical (Japan), and the other from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recently business and trade relations with Japan have become more uncertain and the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to come into effect has created the need for a new trade deal with Japan. As both Japanese and American businesses strive to obtain new markets on a global basis it becomes imperative that we take a further look into deepening relationships and understanding the benefits that come from our international ties. Furthermore, growing tensions in the Pacific have generated concerns both locally and globally. In this series we will have the opportunity to discuss why businesses choose to venture abroad and how the rising tensions could affect future trade with Japan and Eastern Asia in general.


Ray Nishimoto:

Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited since 2015, Mr. Nishimoto joined Sumitomo Chemical in 1980 and has more than 20 years of executive management experience and expertise in health and crop sciences. In 2012 Sumitomo Chemical bought, and now owns its 86.5%, Minnesota-based insect-control company MGK, which sells its products in more than 60 countries.




Sheila Smith:

Senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Sheila Smith is an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy. She has written several books discussing international politics and alliances concerning East Asia and the United States such as Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China and Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance.  She has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. Currently Sheila Smith is researching the effects of geostrategic change in Asia on Japan’s strategic choices.



Radisson Blu, Minneapolis
Bergen One Room
35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Registration: 11:30 am
Program: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

JASM Member:$30.00


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