[Event] What Role Do Japan & the U.S. Play in the Future of Asia-Pacific Economics? - Chicago, IL

May 03, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion examining Asia-Pacific economic integration

and the future of Japan and the U.S. and key economic players in Asia. 


June 15, 2017
8:00-12:00 PM

The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required.
No walk-ins allowed.



On Thursday, June 15, JETRO and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce will present a symposium in Chicago on Asia-Pacific Economic Integration and the Role of the United States & Japan. This will be the fourth time since 2007 JETRO has organized this event.


Following President Trump’s election in 2016 and subsequent American withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), new questions have been raised about the future of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region. Can TPP continue without the participation of the United States? What is the future of regional agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN, Japan, China, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand?

Experts from the U.S., Japan, China and Vietnam will examine the current status and future outlook for bilateral & multilateral free trade agreements in the Pacific. Their insights and perspectives will develop into a dialogue which will be of particular significance to the Midwest business community with business and investment interests in East Asia.


This symposium will be held at The Chicago Club, located at 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a networking breakfast. This program is co-organized by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the Japan America Society of Chicago, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago.


8:00 AM

Registration (The Lounge - One Mezzanine)

8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks (Daniel Burnham Room - 3rd Floor)

Illinois Chamber of Commerce, TBD

Naoko Ito, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago


Keynote Speakers (Introductions by Adlai E. Stevenson III)

Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)

Keith Williams, President and CEO and Trustee, Underwriters Laboratories, LLC

9:30 AM

Coffee Break (The Lounge - One Mezzanine)

9:50 AM

Panel Speakers

Moderator Edward Grant, Director, Board Member and Past President

Japan America Society of Chicago



Vo Tri Thanh, Vice President and Senior Advisor

Central Institute for Economic Management of Vietnam (CIEM)



Ke Long, Senior Fellow, Project Professor

Economic Research Center, Fujitsu Research Institute

Global Center for Asian and Regional Research, Univeristy of Shizuoka



Akio Takahara, Professor, Faculty of Law

University of Tokyo


United States

Travis George, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Molex, Inc. 

10:30 AM

Panel Discussion

11:15 AM

Audience Q&A

11:35 AM

Closing Remarks

Leslie Munger, Deputy Governor, State of Illinois

David Johnson, President, Japan Ameria Society of Chicago

11:45 AM

Networking Reception (The Lounge - One Mezzanine)



This event is sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.




Kelly Highland | JETRO Chicago