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Strengthening the Japan-US Economic Relationship by Growing Investment: A Program featuring The Honorable Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry


On Thursday, August 2, 2018, the Japan External Trade Organization
(JETRO), in cooperation with JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and the Japan
America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO), will hold a program on the
importance of Japanese Investment in the US and its significance to
Japan-US relations.

At no other time in recent Japan-US economic history has the investment
flow of Japanese companies into the US been so important to the American
economy. As a result, more and more Japanese companies throughout the
Midwest, especially in the state of Ohio, are greatly contributing to
local job growth and also to the expansion of US exports.

This program's featured speakers will include: The Honorable Hiroshige
Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry, who will share his
perspectives on the Japan-US economic relationship and the importance of
Japanese companies in the US, as well as what efforts can be further
taken to expand the growth of Japanese investment in America; Shigeki
Maeda, Executive Vice President, JETRO, will provide an update on
Japanese investment trends in the US; and Tom Shoupe, Executive Vice
President, Honda of America Mfg., Inc., will share an in-depth look at
Honda's economic contribution to the state of Ohio and the United States.

The Honorable Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul-General of Japan in Detroit;
Representative from the State of Ohio Government; and Kenny McDonald,
President and Chief Economic Officer, Columbus 2020, will also make

The event will be held at The Hilton Columbus at Easton (Regent
Ballroom), 3900 Chagrin Drive Columbus, OH 43219. Registration check-in
and complimentary luncheon buffet will begin at 12:30 pm, with the
program beginning promptly at 1:30 pm and ending at 3:00 pm.

This symposium is co-organized with JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and the
Japan America Society of Central Ohio.

This event is free; however, advance registration is required. Register
online at:

For more information, contact Ms. Kelly Highland at


JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) is a non-profit organization
funded by the Japanese government for the purpose of supporting trade,
investment and business expansion into Japan, as well as supporting
Japanese companies looking to enter foreign markets. JETRO has over 70
offices in 56 countries worldwide, with six locations in the US:
Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
JETRO Chicago serves 12 states within the Midwest Region: Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North
Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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