NAJAS/KKC Business Speakers Series: Japan Still Matters

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NAJAS/KKC Business Speakers Series: Japan Still Matters

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Enhance your understanding of current Japanese-American relationships with the Business Speakers Series, a business forum featuring two speakers: one from Sumitomo Chemical (Japan), and the other from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recently business and trade relations with Japan have become more uncertain and the failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to come into effect has created the need for a new trade deal with Japan. As both Japanese and American businesses strive to obtain new markets on a global basis it becomes imperative that we take a further look into deepening relationships and understanding the benefits that come from our international ties. Furthermore, growing tensions in the Pacific have generated concerns both locally and globally. In this series we will have the opportunity to discuss why businesses choose to venture abroad and how the rising tensions could affect future trade with Japan and Eastern Asia in general.


Ray Nishimoto:

Ray Nishimoto is a member of the Board of Sumitomo Chemical and is responsible for the Health & Crop Sciences Sector. Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies. Mr. Nishimoto joined Sumitomo Chemical in 1980 and has more than 20 years of extensive management experience and expertise in health & crop sciences. He has served as executive vice president at Valent USA Corporation (located in Walnut Creek, CA), one of Sumitomo Chemical’s affiliates in agrosolutions business from 1998 to 2003. He became an executive officer in 2009, managing executive officer in 2011 and a member of the Board of Sumitomo Chemical in 2013. Mr. Nishimoto also serves as a member of the Strategic Council of Crop Protection, CropLife International since 2010 (Chair from 2016), and as the Vice President of Japan Crop Protection Association(JCPA) and a member of the Advisory Board, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan since 2013. He also sits on the board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership as well as the Malaria No More Japan in 2016. In 2017, Mr. Nishimoto assumes the position of the President of JCPA and Guest Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. He holds a B.A. in economics with honors from Osaka University and lives in Tokyo with his family.




Sheila Smith:

Senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Sheila Smith is an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy. She has written several books discussing international politics and alliances concerning East Asia and the United States such as Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China and Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance.  She has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. Currently Sheila Smith is researching the effects of geostrategic change in Asia on Japan’s strategic choices.



Radisson Blu, Minneapolis
Bergen One Room
35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Registration: 11:30 am
Program: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

JASM Member:$30.00


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