Midwest Newsletter

JETRO Midwest Newsletter


Midwestern Newsletter Series (Published Quarterly)

The JETRO Midwest Newsletter features original interviews, insights, columns, photos and timely information, with a special focus on JETRO’s programs and the Midwest region’s economic dynamic with Japan. To request a free subscription, contact JETRO Chicago's Newsletter Editor Kelly Highland at: kelly_highland@jetro.go.jp.

Midwest Newsletter Summer 2017

 

This issue features: 

  1. A Guest View from Monica A. Minarcin, Automotive Market Manager for Americas Omron Automation Americas, on Omron's relationship with Japan.
  2. A case study on Global MRO, a Chicago-based industrial parts supplier that opened an office in Yokohama, Japan, in 2016.
  3. A farewell from JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ichiro Soné, who returned to Japan at the end of August, and an introduction from Ralph Inforzato, his successor. 


We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

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Midwest Newsletter Spring 2017

 

This issue highlights several upcoming events, including a symposium on the future of Japan and the United States in Asia-Pacific in light of a new White House administration. This newsletter also features two guest spotlights on the enduring relationship the Midwest has maintained between Japanese and U.S. businesses. Contributing voices include Bruce Rauner, Governor for the State of Illinois, and Joe Sobieralski, President & CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited. 

This issue features: 

  1. A Guest View from Bruce Rauner, Governor for the State of Illinois, on the enduring relationship between Illinois and Japan.
  2. An update on Japan's recovery from The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami six years later. This report focuses on the economic recovery of the prefectures most heavily affected by the disaster: Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. 
  3. An invitation to an upcoming symposium on Asia-Pacific economic integration and the future of Japan and the United States in the region. This event will be held Thursday, June 15, in Chicago, IL.
  4. A Guest View from Joe Sobieralski, President & CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, on the relationships between Battle Creek, Michigan, and the Japanese companies who have invested there. 


We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

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Midwest Newsletter Winter 2017

 

This issue highlights Japan's long-standing manufacturing ties to the Midwest and JETRO's recent work to promote Japanese cuisine to local consumers and retailers. Contributing voices include Jim Schellinger, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana, and Indiana Mayors Mike Pavey and Dave Snow.

This issue features: 

  1. A Guest View from Jim Schellinger, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana, on the value of Indiana's long-established business ties with Japan.
  2. A comprehensive case study of Caterpillar's success in Japan since it first entered the market in 1963.
  3. A reflection by Indiana Mayors Mike Pavey and Dave Snow on their recent business trip to Japan.
  4. JETRO Chicago's upcoming attendance at the International Home and Housewares Show (IH+HS) on March 18-21, 2017 (this is JETRO's sixth annual appearance). 


We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

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Midwest Newsletter Fall 2016

 

This issue of the Midwest Newsletter offers readers an in-depth look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal and its positive benefits for the United States and Japan. It also covers the recent Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, a business relations event which featured several Midwestern governors and Japanese government officials, including Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. 

 

This issue features: 

  1. An analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its benefits to the United States and Japan
  2. A review of the recent Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference and its major players
  3. A Guest View from Tona Palomino, a Sake Portfolio Manager for Tenzing Wine & Spirits, who attended the JETRO Mission to Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.
  4. An overview of the business support programs offered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to support foreign business incorporation in the Greater Tokyo Area.  

 

We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

Midwest Newsletter Summer 2016

 

This season's Midwest Newsletter focuses on recent developments in Japan's regenerative medicine and power industries, including recent policy and incentive changes that have opened the fields for increased foreign competition. This issue also includes an open letter from Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon regarding the September Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, as well as a look at new subsidy programs available to foreign companies.

 

This issue features:

  1. An in-depth look at Japan's regenerative medicine field, including the recent Pharmaceutical Affairs Act and Regenerative Medicine Safety Act, which streamlined Phase III testing for earlier product release to the market. 
  2. An overview of recent deregulation efforts to Japan's power market, which has seen utilities giants such as TEPCO dismantled to increase foreign competition.
  3. A Guest View from Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon regarding the upcoming Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in St. Louis
  4. A full report on JETRO's recent work at BIO 2016, plus insights on the upcoming BioJapan event in October this year. 

 

... plus photos, event news, and much more.

 

We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

Midwest Newsletter Spring 2016

 

In this issue, Mr. Sone's column features a look back at the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which marked its fifth anniversary on March 11, 2016, as well as the an update on the recovery in the Tohoku region, the area hit hardest by the earthquake and resulting tsunami. 

In addition, we are honored to have a very special Guest View column by Indiana Mayor Joe Wellman in this issue.

 

Also included in this issue:

  1. A Guest View on Japanese cuisine from Steve Dolinsky, a prolific Food Reporter in the Chicago are with work featured in print, radio, and on Chicago's ABC station, WLS-TV.
  2. JETRO's participation in the 2016 Consumer Electroncis Show (CES), which exhibited six Japanese companies highlighting new robotics technologies.
  3. JETRO's latest subdisy program for IoT and Regenerative Medicine, which will accept new applications from February 11, 2016 to September 9, 2016.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

Midwest Newsletter Winter 2016

 

In this issue, Mr. Sone's column includes a look at some of the ongoing economic changes in Japan, and makes note of recent comments by JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige.

 

In addition, we are honored to have a very special Guest View column by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts in this issue.

 

Also included in this issue:

  1. News of JETRO's participation in a number of influential exhibitions and trade shows, including CES2016, Pittcon 2016, The International Home and Housewares Show, and MDM West.
  2. A Guest View from Sally Hutton, the Mayor of Richmond, Indiana, on the city's historic connection with Japan.
  3. A story about a fascinating collaboration between wineries in Michigan and Japan.
  4. News of a new University of Nebraska program focusing on international trade.
  • ...plus photos, event news, and more.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

 

Midwest Newsletter Fall 2015

 

In this issue, we have expanded coverage of the recent 47th Annual Joint Meeting of the Japan-Midwest U.S. and Midwest U.S.-Japan Associations in Tokyo. Coverage includes photos, comments from a number of attendees, and a report on meeting discussions about the TPP.

In addition, we’re honored to have a Guest View column by Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in this issue.

This issue also includes:

  1. JETRO’s plans to host the Japan Pavilion at RSNA 2015 in Chicago
  2. A look at how Illinois’ Dukane Corporation found success in Japan, with JETRO assistance
  3. Information on METI’s new “Nippon Quest” website, and JETRO’s Global Trade and Investment Report 2015
  4. A special report on Prime Minister Abe’s appearance at the JETRO Invest in Japan Seminar in New York City

 

We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.

 

Midwest Newsletter Summer 2015


  1. The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:Governor Mike Pence reflects on the deep roots of friendship between Japan and Indiana
  2. A Guest View by Kathleen McCarthy of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry on JETRO’s involvement in the Robot Revolution exhibit
  3. A look at the focus on regenerative medicine in Japan at the 2015 BIO Convention
  4. A review of new online help for setting up your business in Japan
  5. A recap of a Chicago Tasting Event, featuring Japan’s food and beverage products
  6. A preview of The Annual Joint Meetings of the Midwest U.S.-Japan and Japan-Midwest U.S. Associations
We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.


Midwest Newsletter Spring 2015


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • JETRO at BIO 2015
  • Recovery, Growth and the Kizuna continue
  • Advisory Research, Inc, Extends its reach in Japan
  • JETRO at CES
  • Experiencing the Flavor Foods of the Foodex-2015 in Japan
  • New Industry Reports on JETRO U.S. Website
We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.


Midwest Newsletter Winter 2015


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • Governor Heineman Reflects on Japan-Nebraska Partnership
  • Seymour, Indiana Mayor Nurtures Successful Relationship with Japan
  • Monozukuri Seminar to Return to Novi, Michigan, March 5, 2015
  • JETRO Tea Buyers Mission Provides Opportunity for The Green Teaist
  • The Kakehashi Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow
  • Seven Japanese Exhibitors Enjoy Successful RSNA Experience
  • And much more!
We hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your continued support of JETRO and Japan.


Midwest Newsletter Autumn 2014


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • Leadership Program Furthers Friendship and Understanding between U.S. and Japan
  • Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Meeting in Words and Photos
  • Attendees Comment on Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Meeting
  • JETRO to Host Japan Pavilion at RSNA 2014 in Chicago
  • Chicago Food & Beverage Event features Chef Yoshi Katsumura
  • And much more!


Midwest Newsletter Summer 2014


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • Japan’s Growth Strategies Showing Results
  • Chicago Tasting Event Features Sake, Shochu and Food
  • Japan’s ICT Market Presents Opportunities
  • Japanese Life Science Innovations at BIO 2014
  • And much more!


Midwest Newsletter Spring 2014


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • Three Years Later, the Recovery Continues in Tohoku Region
  • Beyond Sake: Shōchū – Japan’s other gem
  • 20 Companies to Exhibit in Japan Pavilion at BIO 2014 in San Diego
  • The East West Center’s Japan Matters for America/America Matters for Japan Initiative
  • And much more!


Midwest Newsletter Winter 2014


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • Examining JETRO’s Record of Success
  • Top Tips on Understanding & Enjoying Sake
  • Japan’s Robotics Innovation to be Showcased at CES 2014
  • Strengthening U.S.-Japan Ties through People-to-People Relations
  • And much more!


Midwest Newsletter Autumn 2013


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • The power of Midwest-Japan cooperation
  • JETRO to host Monozukuri seminar in Birmingham, Alabama on October 24
  • JETRO to host Japan Pavilion at RSNA Conference in Chicago
  • A look at the Japan-Midwest U.S. Association Meeting in Tokyo


Midwest Newsletter Summer 2013


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • A fond farewell to the Midwest U.S.
  • Review of JETRO's Asia-Pacific Economic Integration Seminar
  • Japan Pavilion attracts interest at BIO 2013
  • Food Industry Welcomes the Largest Japanese Tasting Event Ever in Chicago


Midwest Newsletter April 2013


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • Japanese Cherry Blossoms to Celebrate the Beginning and Ending
  • May 15 Seminar to Examine Asia-Pacific Economic Integration
  • JETRO at the Housewares Show
  • 2012 Survey on Business Conditions of Japanese-Affiliated Firms in North America
  • And much more!


Midwest Newsletter February 2013


The latest issue of the JETRO Chicago Midwest Newsletter features a guest view column, director's dialogue and a wide variety of information, including:
  • My recent return visit to the "Recovery Area"
  • JETRO to host Japanese companies at Intl. Housewares Show, Pittcon, BIO 2013
  • The Consumer Electronics Show: An Update on Japan's Pavilion
  • Sake & Pairing Event Focuses on Akita's Famous Breweries
  • And much more!