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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Brings Business Delegation to Japan and Korea

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker leads a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Japan and South Korea from October 19-23, 2014.  This business development mission promotes U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors.  [More]

Houston Brings a “Texas-sized” Trade Delegation

Oct. 1-3:  CS Tokyo organized a multifaceted visit for Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her delegation of 24.  In addition to bolstering their sister city relationship with Chiba, the group met with Ambassador Kennedy (photo).  CS Tokyo arranged a Single Location Promotion for the Houston Space Port project, securing participation of Japan’s most prominent space organizations.  We also facilitated meetings with Mitsui & Company and the Japanese High Speed Rail authority for possible investment in the proposed privately-funded Houston and Dallas link. 

Embassy and CS Japan Support 190-Member Trade & Investment Delegation; Sept. 16-19:  Ambassador Kennedy and her Country Team worked hard to support the 2014 edition of the annual Southeast U.S. – Japan (SEUS) Conference during its week of commercial networking and relationship building in Tokyo.  The Amb. received Mississippi Governor Bryant for a call, met with the heads of delegation of the seven participating  southeastern states, and addressed the full 300+ contingent at an evening reception.  CS and Embassy staff worked several group and individual delegation briefings, including a counseling session with the Defense Assistance Office at the Embassy, in support of Ingalls Shipyard’s efforts to line up new customers and strategic partners in Japan for their state-of-the art naval vessels in a part of the world where marine assets are receiving added attention, and a talk that focused on the stepped-up SelectUSA program.  SCO Wylegala also made remarks at a SEUS Florida delegate briefing attended by Florida Commerce Secretary Gray Swoope, and Consul General Shinji Nakashima of Miami (pictured at left).

Lookout! Another CSJapan Press Event 

Oct. 3: CS Tokyo CA Shimada, along with CS Saito organized a successful single company press conference for Lookout, a leading mobile security company located in San Francisco.  Approximately 40 media companies learned of the new business alliance with KDDI from Lookout CEO Jim Dolce.  Lookout was very satisfied with the service and follow up is a given. 


Boooorn to be Mi-ld!  CS Japan and Econ Staff Put Harley-Davidson Japan’s 2015 Product Launch onto Fast Track

Oct. 2:   A throng of media and a herd of HOGs that have helped make Japan Harley-Davidson’s #1 export market welcomed three, distinctive new bikes to the firm’s line up for 2015 at a pulsating launch event in Tokyo.  Harley has been in Japan over one century … just 10 years less than there has been a Harley … but it is during the last 25 years of the firm’s strong growth that CS Japan and Embassy commercial diplomacy support on regulatory, tax and other issues have been instrumental to the firm’s growth. [More] 


CS Japan Detects Success with Analytical Instruments

Sep. 29:  CO Mayeda with CA Sugiura hosted members of the international committee of the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturer's Association (JAIMA) at an appreciation reception to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2014 Japan Machinery trade show (a.k.a. JASIS) which was held earlier this month and to thank JAIMA for the complimentary booth space that made the CS-Japan pavilion a success.  This included a popular business lounge area for U.S. participants to use for B2B meetings.  Post discussed future collaboration, including site visits to key Japanese firms such as Horiba and Shimizu, and those companies' participation in the Select USA summit.


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    In response to Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, the United States has taken a number of steps, including sanctions, to persuade Russia to de-escalate the situation. We urge all businesses to exercise vigilance to ensure that they are not dealing with a sanctioned individual or entity. [More]

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