[Event] Investment Opportunities in Japan Toward the New Asia-Pacific Era

Sep 06, 2016



You are cordially invited to attend Investment Opportunities in Japan Toward the New Asia-Pacific Era, a two-hour seminar, sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), focusing on the current and future business environment and opportunities in Japan for American companies.


The seminar will be followed by an optional networking lunch, served buffet-style to accommodate everyone’s schedules.


September 19, 2016 | 9:50-1:00 PM EDT
Registration: 8:30-9:30 AM
Dress Code: Business Attire


The Pierre | 2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065



8:30-9:30 Registration Opens

Opening/Keynote Presentations

Greetings from Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Mr. Takatoshi Ito, Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Mr. Stephen R. Volk, Vice Chairman, Citi & Chairman, Citi's Institutional Clients Group
Mr. Akira Kyota, CEO, Japan Exchange Group, Inc.

Mr. Hirotoshi Tanaka, President, JETRO New York


Presentations & Closing Remarks

Remarks from Zaid Haider, Special Representative for Commerical & Business Affairs,

U.S. Department of State

Mr. Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist, Executive Director of Global Market Insight, 

General Electric Company

Ms. Kathryn E. Wengel, Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain

Mr. Yasutomo Suzuki, Mayor of the City of Hamamatsu

Mr. Hirofumi Katase, Vice-Minister for International Affairs,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

12:00-1:00 Networking Reception



Please send the names, titles and company name of those attending to the following:


Damian Newman, MSA Partners LLC


(212) 764-4760

*MSA Partners is assisting JETRO with this seminar.





  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe







Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


Takatoshi Ito has taught extensively both in the United States and Japan since finishing his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1979. He has held distinguished academic and research appointments such as President of the Japanese Economic Association in 2004, Fellow of the Econometric Society, since 1992, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1985. Ito served as Senior Advisor in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund and as Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance in Japan, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy.



Vice Chairman, Citi
Chairman, Citi's Institutional Clients Group


Stephen R. Volk joined Citi in September 2004. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston, where he worked closely with their CEO on the strategic management of the firm and on key client matters. He was also a member of the Credit Suisse Group Management Board. He joined Credit Suisse First Boston in August 2001 from Shearman & Sterling, a New York-based law firm, where he had been Senior Partner since 1991. While at Shearman & Sterling, he was counsel to a number of corporations, including Citicorp. He is a Director of Continental Grain and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Bank Handlowy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.



Director & Representative Executive Office, Group CEO, Japan Exchange Group, Inc.


Akira Kiyota is Director & Representative Executive officer, Group CEO of Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) following his appointment in June 2015. He joined the corporate group in June 2013 as President & CEO of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. (TSE) and JPX board member. During his tenure at TSE, he drove initiatives to encourage listed companies to enhance corporate value and capital efficiency. In addition to playing an instrumental role in incorporating Japan's Corporate Governance Code into the bourse's listing rules, he openly advocated more pro-active and growth-oriented corporate management. As JPX Group CEO, he will continue to steer the expansion of the group's business domain and, in line with JPX’s 2nd Medium-Term Management Plan (FT2016-2018), pursue the next step forward in building a robust and efficient market infrastructure. 



President, JETRO New York


Hirotoshi Tanaka assumed the post of President of JETRO New York, North American head office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), in July 2016. Upon graduation from Tokyo University with a degree in economics in 1986, Mr. Tanaka joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), which is now the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He served in numerous positions throughout the Japanese government over the years. In 2012, he became Deputy Director-General of Regional Revitalization under the Cabinet Secretariat, with responsibility for several projects aimed at revitalizing both rural areas and central cities. In 2014 he took on the position of Senior Executive Officer, and later Senior Executive Director, for REVIC, the Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan, which focuses on public-private partnerships for regional development, before moving to JETRO this year.




Special Representative for Commerical and Business Affairs,

U.S. Department of State


Ziad Haider serves as the Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He leads the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in assisting and promoting U.S. business interests overseas; ensuring that private sector concerns are fully integrated into U.S. foreign and economic policy; and promoting global entrepreneurship and the protection of intellectual property rights.


He previously served as a Senior Advisor for international economic affairs on the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State; a White House Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice; and a Foreign Policy Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate. 



Chief Economist, Executive Director of Global Market Insight,
General Electric Company


At General Electric Co., Marco Annunziata is responsible for global economic, financial and market analysis to support GE's business strategy. Author of The Economics of the Financial Crisis: Lessons and New Threats, published in 2011 by Palgrave MacMillan, he is a two-times winner of the Rybczynski Prize for best paper in business economics, awarded by the Society of Business Economists in London, and has written a number of papers on the latest technological innovations in industry and their economic impact. He has given a TED talk on innovation and is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Stanford University. Prior to joining GE, he had extensive experience in the financial sector with Unicredit and Deutsche Bank in London. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he spent six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington.



Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain


Kathryn Wengel is currently Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC). She serves on the Johnson & Johnson Management Committee and chairs the JJSC Leadership Team. She is also a J&J leadership member of the Regulatory Compliance & Government Affairs Committee and the Science, Technology & Sustainability Committee of the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors.


During Kathy’s 28-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson, she has served in a variety of strategic leadership and executive roles, with increasing responsibility, where she interfaced with almost every business segment across the J&J enterprise. Kathy’s expansive and global work experience includes seven years in Puerto Rico and eight years in Europe where she assumed broad leadership roles and had exposure to all aspects of J&J business.



Mayor, Hamamatsu City


Mayor Suzuki was born in Hamamatsu City in 1957 and graduated from Keio University in 1980. A member of the first class to graduate from the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000, where he served two terms. In 2007, he was elected mayor of Hamamatsu as an independent candidate, and after being re-elected twice, he is currently serving his third term as mayor of the city.



Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry


Hirofumi Katase has served as Vice-Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) since June, 2016. Mr. Katase graduated from Tokyo University's Faculty of Law, and also earned a Master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Michigan. Since joining METI, he has served in multiple Director-General positions, including for the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau. He also previously served as Deputy Secretary-General of the Secretariat of Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy at the Cabinet Office, where he helped establish the Office of National Space Policy. Most recently, Mr. Katase served as Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau, where he led efforts that contributed to the signing of the TPP, among other international agreements.