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►Oct 19-21: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Brings Business Delegation to Japan

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.

Secretary Pritzker made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and Mr. Shiozaki, Minister of MHLW. The Secretary is supporting the efforts of the business delegation to move both countries economic relationship to next level. Secretary Pritzker also participated in several round table discussions with ACCJ, energy sector leaders, and health industry specialists. Secretary Pritzker gave a major policy speech at the American Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which was widely covered by the media. A welcome reception at the Ambassador’s residence attracted over 100 business executives and Ambassador Kennedy also led a high-powered womenonmics discussion with the secretary and Japanese women leaders. The Secretary’s mission will foster stronger business ties between the two countries as it will in the next stop--Seoul Korea.


Secretary Pritzker was joined by U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and the business delegation in several bilateral meetings with Japanese leaders. [More]

Secretary Pritzker delivered a keynote address at an event sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the Japanese Industry Association, Keizai Doyukai.  [More]  

Secretary Pritzker joined Ambassador Kennedy and Japanese leaders to discuss women’s economic contributions.  [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.

►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.  In part thanks to this consistent support (Harley bikes have been perennial attractions at the Fourth of July Functions in Tokyo, thanks to ComSpec Koto), Harley now boasts a 31 percent share of the market for heavy motorcycles in Japan.  Japan’s stiff requirements on rider training and a unique bike classification regime continue to block Harley from growing to potential in, so the ECON/CS team remains on the case. A yet bolder (possible?) Harley product launch and repositioning for the youth market is planned for 1Q2015 and, again, the Embassy team plans to be there, flying the colors.


►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.  

►CS Japan Deals in Hot Auto Parts

Sep. 29 -  CS Tokyo hosted a meeting for the Japan American Automotive Group Association comprised of U.S. auto parts manufacturers that have offices in Japan and companies that sell U.S. manufactured auto parts.  The group raised various issues of mutual concern to the industry.  Approximately 10 representatives attended the meeting.  CS Tokyo’s SCO Wylegala gave a presentation on the role and focus of CS activity in Japan and CO Taevs responded to inquiries from the meeting participants, while CS Koto worked to ensure a successful meeting.     

►Consul General Greenberg Introduces “CS Western Japan” to Business Community

Sep. 17, 2014- New Consul General Allen Greenberg showed his appreciation to the U.S.-Japan business community in the region around Osaka and Kobe by hosting a gathering at Osaka’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he presented certificates to a pair of leading partners, including a major department store which hosts and annual New York-themed fair, for their outstanding contributions to U.S.-Japan commerce. The tea also served to announce the advent of “CS Western Japan,” as the CS Osaka-Kobe office has been re-branded in recognition of its expansion, in part with new resources, in part with transfer from CS Tokyo.  PCO Hwang, and CO Mayeda provided remarks, as did visiting SCO Wylegala. CS Tokyo organizes USG Support Tesla Electric Vehicles.

►Embassy and CS Japan Support 190-Member Trade & Investment Delegation

Sept. 16-19, 2014 :  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). 

►CS Japan Supports Cutting Edge U.S. Digital Advertising

Sep. 16-18, 2014:  CS Tokyo CA Shimada, along with CO Taevs and CS Saito supported the successful Adtech Tokyo 2014 at the Tokyo International Forum, the biggest digital advertising trade show world-wide.  CO Taevs opened the reception with his remarks to over 300 attendees. This trade show attracted approximately 20,000 business executives during the three days.

►CS Japan Beckons the Young to Study in the USA

Sep. 13, 2014:  CS Japan supported America Expo 2014, a study abroad fair with 55 U.S. educational institution participants, including those counseled and recruited by CS Japan.  Over 1,200 students attended the fair that featured remarks by Ambassador Kennedy encouraging Japanese students to study in the USA.

►CS Tokyo organizes USG Support Tesla Electric Vehicles

On Sep 8, 2014 - Tesla CEO delivered the first flagship Model-S and CS Tokyo coordinated US Embassy support to attend the launch event with Elon Musk and the President of Panasonic to celebrate the delivery of the first Model S vehicles in Japan. The Model S, an all-electric sedan, is Tesla’s flagship product with a rechargeable lithium ion battery and a driving range of 265 miles. Panasonic announced that it will invest in a state-of-the-art U.S. car battery plant with Tesla in Nevada, an investment expected to reach more than $979 million over the next 20 years.

► For CS Japan, Success is the Gift that Keeps Giving

Sep. 3, 2014 :  CS Japan Commercial Attaché Arthur cut the ribbon for the 78thTokyo International Gift Show (TIGS).  CS Japan partnered with Japan External Trade Organization as the United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, France, and Germany Embassies.  This is one of the largest trade events in Japan boasting 2,551 exhibitors from 20 countries, including 577 overseas exhibitors.  Among the 51 U.S. company participants, The State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism participated with over 20 Hawaiian companies. The CS Tokyo both was wildly popular.

► Boeing Flies with CS Japan Support

Aug. 4, 2014 -  CS Tokyo composed and orchestrated a celebration of Boeing’s delivery of the world’s first 787-9 stretch airplane.  ANA became the world’s first airline to operate the original 787 and now is the first to fly the new stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner, which accommodates 44 more passengers.  In her commemoration remarks, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy highlighted the strong bilateral business ties embodied by the 787, which has about 35 percent Japanese content.  After the ceremony on the tarmac, Boeing and Embassy reps., as well as 70 American and Japanese school children, boarded the plane and flew in a route around Mt. Fuji and Kyoto.  About 50 local and international media flew aboard as well, ensuring major coverage in print, on line and on television.  CS Japan’s Commercial Attaché Taevs and CS Koto worked to ensure a successful and well-coordinated event.  Photos: a) Ambassador Caroline Kennedy commemorates the very first 787-9 delivery and b) Top officials of Boeing Japan and ANA stand with CS Tokyo Acting SCO Heimer (far right) at the end of the maiden-flight.   

►U.S. Export Success Report
-ing! Small Boat, Tiny Crew…7,000 miles, Big Science & One Amazing Export!

Sakura’ sailboat

From left: Matt Rutherford, Nicole Trenholm, Alexander Vucelic

A daysailer sailboat with 35 gallons of fuel might seem like an unlikely craft to undertake a 7,000 mile, non-stop, 63-day journey from San Francisco to Yokohama. But, the Sakura was no ordinary daysailer. It was made by W.D. Schock, a company founded some 60 years ago by a legendary fiberglass sail pioneer from Newport Beach, California.

Manning the sails were not your usual crew, either: Matt Rutherford and Nicole Trenholm (pictured above at left) are with Ocean Research Project. Besides being intrepid sailors, they are stellar scientists who simultaneously made the first non-stop, continent to continent marine plastics survey. The duo actually slowed their journey in order to painstakingly sample micro plastic pollutants on the ocean’s surface. Not only is the data, which was collected underway and shared real-time with a group of STEM students in Maryland, invaluable but the pair also safely delivered an exquisite U.S. export: the Sakura will be sold by American Yacht & Customs, the firm’s main importer in Japan. W.D. Schock’s President Alexander Vucelic is pictured to the right.

Clearly the selection of the name “Sakura” was more than a reference to the trees that represent the U.S.-Japan bond. Japan shares our deep pride in work on promoting sustainable fisheries, halting marine pollution and studying ocean acidification, as demonstrated by the Government of Japan’s participation in the June 16-17 “Our Ocean” conference in Washington, D.C.

CS Japan and Leaders of ACCJ met with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine

On May 16, CS Japan and Leaders of ACCJ met with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine, for a uniquely high-level discussion of commercialization and regulatory issues in the exciting field of regenerative medicine.  CS Japan is keen to stay engaged in this cutting-edge field both with U.S. firms and via close interaction with Japanese authorities, particularly the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, with which USDOC has long maintained a series of productive dialogues.  More recently, MHLW and USDOC have been looking to expand upon those discussions by further enhancing joint support for innovation in the life sciences.

► CS Japan Finds the Lost Translation: "It's Suntory Time!" in Tokyo … and Chicago … and Clermont, KY

Matt Shattock, the CEO of newly-created world #3 premium spirits maker, BeamSuntory, visited CS Japan to brief on the latest and largest  U.S.-Japan fusion -- the result of the acquisition on April 30 of Beam, Inc. by another tradition-rich company, Suntory, whose head office is in Chicago's sister city, Osaka.   As Shattock explained, the deal has more than just the fans of Maker's Mark at the rails:  (1) At $16bn, it is Japan's largest acquisition in the United States, after last year's SoftBank-Sprint deal; (2) it creates a multi-cultural brand powerhouse with storied product and channel synergies, and ambitious global export goals to match; (3) the world HQ and CEO will remain in the Windy City … and (4) a newly-minted American (Mr. Shattock was UK-born) lands on the Board of Suntory Holdings, an auger of more opening Japan, Inc., perhaps.  Certainly, the coincidence of timing with post’s SelectUSA Roadshow (see coming events) could not be more auspicious.  The Embassy is enthusiastic to welcome this corporate fusion, so SCO joined a 14 May press conference and arranged a courtesy call on Ambassador Kennedy for the CEO.  Next up?  CS Japan plans tourism and other export promotional opportunities around racehorses, juleps and  "the greatest two minutes in sport," and looks forward to working with ATO and PAS colleagues.  

►CS Japan, SelectUSA Show Presidential Pull; Apr. 24

SelectUSA Headquarters and CSJapan – with NSC and inter-agency help – put on a Roundtable with ten blue-ribbon Japanese investors in the United States so compelling that President Obama could not resist dropping in, unplanned, to lend his weight to the promotion of jobs-through-FDI and U.S.-Japan ties.  Against a backdrop of a State Visit, and tough talks on the TPP that kept USTR Froman from moderating as planned, CS Japan identified profiled, screened and facilitated participation of Japan’s corporate elite.  Diversity was watchword, with chiefs from Super-bantam Tsuchiya Co., to Mighty Mitsubishi, and products from carbon aircraft wings to carbonated beverages. The invitees represented tens of billions of dollars in U.S. investment, and over 20,000 U.S. jobs.  (Japan is our #2 investor).  Animated discussion was led by Deputy National Security Adviser Caroline Atkinson, who used questions crafted by CS Japan LES and officers.  Amb. Kennedy echoed POTUS’ thanks to the Japanese firms, encouraging them to also join next month’s three-city SelectUSA Roadshow.  Ours was the sole Presidential business event of the visit, and was run from conception to “wheels-up” in under three weeks: true HQ-Field integration!

►SelectUSA Executive Director Thummalapally visits Embassy


March. 3, 2014 - Executive Director Thummalapally joins as Daiwa House President Ono and Lincoln Property CEO Byrne proudly display their MOU to collaborate between now and 2016 on the development of $1.5bn worth of muti-family housing in the Fort Worth, Texas area.

Excecutive Director Thummalapally brainstormed with two dozen members of ASOA on March 4th on how SelectUSA could best work with this key association.

SelectUSA Executive Director Thummalapally appreciated the chance he had to compare notes on investment strategy with Director General Yokoo at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Investment on March 4th in Tokyo.

►U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy made remarks at US DOC Certified World Smart Energy Week (WSEW) 2014 Opening Ceremony.(Feb 26, 2014)

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Exhibitors, visitors, and members of the press pack the main thoroughfare, stairs, and walkways above the stage at Tokyo Big Sight East Hall to watch the Opening Ceremony and Tape-cut at World Smart Energy Week 2014 (WSEW), Asia’s premier renewable energy trade show. WSEW boasted over 2,000 exhibitors and 90,000 visitors from around the world. (Feb. 26, 2014)

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy makes remarks at WSEW Opening Ceremonies, highlighting the cutting edge technologies on display and encouraging international partnerships. (Feb. 26, 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight)

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Ambassador Kennedy tours the show floor at WSEW.

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Ambassador Kennedy meets with the U.S. exhibitors at the U.S. Pavilion to learn about their “smart” technologies and encourage their efforts in Japan and around the world. 75 U.S. firms exhibited at WSEW in eight differed co-located sub-shows covering solar, wind, smart grid, eco-building, fuel cells, and energy storage.

►American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Scott Kirby visited Embassy


Feb. 14, 2014 -  American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and and President Scott Kirby spent a moment visiting with Travel & Tourism Specialist Tamami Honda at her office in the Embassy, after completing a call on Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.  Following the merger with US Airways, American Airlines is now the world's biggest carrier, but anxious to grow its relatively limited business in Asia and Japan.  

► New Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at Global Markets, Holly Vineyard visited Tokyo and Osaka on her first trip to the region, following work in Beijing, China at the APEC Informal Sr. Officials Meeting, Dec. 8-13, 2013.

December 12th, Meeting several of the 50-delegates from Japan who participated in the Select USA Summit at a reception at the SCO’s home.

December 12th, Concluding one of five bilateral meetings for the day … this one with METI Director General Suzuki, with a view of Japan’s Diet Building (capitol) in the background.

December 12th, Taking time to get to know CS Tokyo staff over lunch.

… December 11th, Observing Governor of Massachusetts Patrick present a baseball signed by Red Sox ace pitcher Koji Uehara to Ambassador Kennedy during a reception at the residence for the visiting trade mission.

… December 11th: Presenting an ITA Quarterly Award to M. Suzuki, one of the five members of CS Japan honored for putting on the December 2013 Renewable Energy Business Roundtable in Tokyo and Tohoku.

► Governor Patrick Meets Top Japanese Officials

December 12, 2013 - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick led the Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnerships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and expand opportunities for the Commonwealth in the cleantech, innovation, life sciences, financial services and transportation sectors.  One highpoint of the Governor’s full agenda in Tokyo was a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in which the two exchanged views on topics from fostering innovation, to Japan’s “maglev” train, Massachusetts’ interest in conclusion of the TPP, study abroad, and Red Sox pitching.

► America’s “First Tourists,” the Pilgrims, Again Inspire Global Travel through Tokyo Thanksgiving Celebration

November 28, 2013: Pardon … Denied!

The birds shipped over from the United States for the Thanksgiving Feast organized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Travel and Tourism Office missed out on the clemency granted the National Thanksgiving Turkey, via Presidential Pardon...

…but the 60 Japanese travel agents who joined the appreciation event sponsored by The Bay State’s Office of Travel and Tourism did more than snap photos, tucking into turkey -- and a cranberry -- authentically prepared -- if not proportioned -- in the kitchen of Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel Thursday evening. Japanese are among the top five national tourist groups visiting Massachusetts and draws such as a Japanese pitching-fueled MLB championship team, an 18-month old direct flight between Tokyo and Boston and, soon, bilingual tours on the world’s biggest amphibious city tour “Duck” fleet will only drive those numbers higher in 2014.

► U.S.-Japan JV (Bloom Energy Japan) Launches Fuel Cell Power Generation System in Fukuoka City

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25 November – Fukuoka:  DCM Kurt Tong offers congratulations at launch of green energy joint venture Bloom Energy Japan, between Softbank and Silicon Valley-based Bloom Energy.

25 November – Fukuoka:  DCM Kurt Tong joins Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Silicon Valley-based Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar, along with Fukuoka Mayor Shoichiro Takashima, to celebrate the launch of Bloom Energy Japan, a joint venture that will offer green energy solutions in Japan.

► U.S. Automakers Rally where the Rubber Meets the Japanese Road; Nov. 16-17

CS Japan worked with Motor Magazine and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) to organize the “American Motor Fair” test ride event from, at a popular shopping district in Tokyo.  The show, a prequel to JAMA’s upcoming and far larger Tokyo Motor Show 2013, focused exclusively on the latest models from five major U.S. car and motorcycle makers – Chrysler-Jeep, Ford, General Motors, Tesla Motors, and Harley-Davidson.  Some new models that are just coming to the market were available for public test rides.  U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Kurt Tong spoke at the Opening Ceremony and took a spin himself.  Akio Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota and Chairman of JAMA, stopped by to enjoy the all-American wares on his home track. 

American Chamber of Commerce of Japan (ACCJ) corporate member T-Mark K.K. recently established an affiliated IT services company in western New York to serve its global clientele, creating a dozen skilled jobs in the process. The Buffalo office under company President Greg Norton and Manager Sabrina Smith, along with some of the staff are pictured with visiting Senior Commercial Officer (center).

Commercial Service Japan staff recently traveled to central Michigan to participate along with House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp in a breakfast seminar for some 230 area business leaders working to generate continued additional employment through trade and foreign investment to complement its strong base.

One of the success stories for Midland, Michigan is the one year-old manufacturing and laboratory facility for an innovative, Japan-based recycler of industrial wastepaper, Eco Bio Plastics. The SCO is pictured with the firm’s leadership, holding representative products made from this environmentally friendly process.

►President Obama Emphasizes Investment at SelectUSA Summit, Oct 31 – Nov 1

President Obama gave the Summit’s keynote address on the first day, stressing the importance and promise of investing in the United States. His remarks were the capstone to a program that included speeches from four cabinet secretaries. The President called on all his overseas Missions and Ambassadors to vigorously carry out the work of attracting investment to the United States, as well as calling on Congress to provide the resources we need to invest in investment. [More]

►CS Japan, State, CBP and BrandUSA Showcase U.S. Destinations at JATA 2013, Sept. 12-15

Chargé Tong cut the ribbon on the BrandUSA Pavilion at the JATA 2013

CS Tokyo hosted a 90-booth Team USA pavilion at the JATA 2013 Travel Showcase, welcoming the largest single non-Japanese presence at Asia’s biggest tourism show, which was certified for the first time.  CS Tokyo worked closely with BrandUSA, VisitUSA, the U.S. Travel Association and Embassy colleagues led by Charge Kurt Tong during a busy week that featured 8 state delegations promoting tourism and investment, while celebrating the selection of Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, which also promises to boost
U.S. export opportunities in other fields.  The Charge cut the ribbon on the BrandUSA Pavilion and CO Anderson gave remarks at events hosted by Guam Governor Calvo and Nevada Lt. Gov. Krolicki.  At this newly certified Trade Show, CS Tokyo welcomed close to a hundred participants from and publicized OTTI forecasts that show Japan re-taking the crown from the UK as the world’s #1 traveler and tourist revenue sources of overseas visitors to the U.S. for 2013-2017.

►CS Japan Partners to Tell “Big Fish Stories” on behalf of Alaska’s over $500mn Export Market

Alaskan King Crab is lovingly treated with a soy milk skin wrap; Master Chef Eric Ziebold (right) fields questions from Japanese foodies.

In the last week of June 2013, employees from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CS Japan, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the State Department fanned out to help ensure that Alaska’s near-record $520 million in seafood exports to Japan in 2012 will thrive this year and beyond.  CS Japan’s involvement in this lucrative export sector is unusually strong thanks to the presence in the Commercial Section of long-term fisheries expert, NOAA’s Tomohiro Asakawa. On June 26, while Mr. Asakawa was busy manning a U.S. booth at “Food Taipei,” SCO traveled to Hakone to present an annual Embassy award to the best Japanese producer of the Japanese processed seafood staple, kamaboko, utilizing Alaskan Pollock – while the Sr. Commercial Officer, himself, utilized the best Japanese he could muster to describe how kamaboko (fish cakes) had sustained him as a “starving” exchange student traveling across Japan decades before.  On the following day, Amb. Roos, supported by the Public Affairs Section, was a panelist on the legendary TV competition, Iron Chef, featuring three American chefs putting prized U.S. ingredients to the test in high-end cooking.  Finally, on the 29th, CS and FAS joined the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at a special showcase of Alaskan black cod, salmon and king crab, in the form of a cooking demonstration for Japanese retailers, press and restaurant managers at the Tokyo branch of Tribeca-born restaurant chain, Nobu.  The starring role went to star chef Eric Ziebold, from Washington D.C.’s CityZen Restaurant and a member of American Chef Corps, a part of the State Department's Diplomatic Culinary Partnership.  With a strong NEI-focused interagency team, key partnerships, hardy Japanese appetites and, of course, stellar seafood products from Alaska and elsewhere in the United States, there is nothing implausible about this post’s “big fish stories.”

► The OTHER White Meat: Alaskan Pollock Exports Hit Sweet – and Savory – Spot in Japan

A Japanese chef cannot make numerous soups and noodle dishes without "kamaboko," the processed, shaped and steamed seafood product that has been a part of Japanese cuisine for centuries.  And "kamaboko," in turn cannot be made without pureed whitefish known as "surimi."  (The imitation crab meat that has been popular in the West for a few decades is another familiar use). A preferred variety of that whitefish is Alaskan pollock that is caught, processed, frozen and shipped to the kamaboko makers of Japan and Korea, among other markets. The appetite of the Japanese kamboko makers for high-quality ingredient is so vast that the Alaskan fisheries exported almost $160 million in pollock surimi to Japan in 2012, accounting for a substantial share of the State's total seafood exports. 

Last June 26th, as every year for many years, the U.S. Embassy joined Japan's National Kamaboko Makers Association to present an award for the highest quality kamaboko made from Alaskan pollock.  This year's award went to Mr. Nakajin Waetsu of the Ikuji Kamaboko Yugen Kaisha, Kurobe-shi, Toyama-ken, pictured to the left with Commercial Minister Counselor Andrew Wylegala, and Ms. Keiko Sasaki (left side) and Ms. Akiko Yakata (right side), representing the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, (ASMI).

► CS Tokyo Boosts Innovation Collaboration with Japan SCP, June 20, 2013 

CS Japan assisted renowned Silicon Valley nonprofit SRI International in marketing IP development services to Japanese clients by packing the U.S. Embassy auditorium for a unique presentation by its CEO, Dr. Carlson.  The SCP was staged around SRI’s 50th Anniversary in Japan.  Notable guests included executive members of Japan’s Cabinet office.   SCO highlighted a new collaboration agreement with Japan’s civilian equivalent of DARPA, and post anticipates that SRI will contract with yet more entities as Japan works to source and invest in the United States to sharpen capacity to commercialize cutting edge technologies, independently and jointly with U.S. firms.  

► Denver Dazzles Tokyo with Tourism, Airports, Energy and Education, June 11-14, 2013 

CS Japan welcomed Denver’s 70-person delegation for a week of promotional events led by Mayor Michael Hancock that highlight the bright benefits of a direct flight by the 787 Dreamliner.  Denver and Narita Airports inked a new sister-airport agreement, and the University of Tokyo and U.S. DoE’s National Renewable Energy Lab signed a new consortium-based MOU.  Investment prospects in the Denver airport-area and Study Colorado student exchanges will pave the way for a future Governor-led mission in the fall.   In addition to a CS-organized delegation briefing featured in The Denver Post and a “gala” reception hosted by Ambassador. Roos, coverage by Denver media of a visiting student drum line captured headlines in Colorado. The visit marks yet another “happy return”: Denver’s is the fourth of four city delegations to pay a return call on Japan since Ambassador Roos visited those four “Dreamliner Cities” on his January 2013 New Routes Outreach Tour.

►Dashing” is Believing, IL-based “Warrior Dash” Race Concept Unveiled in Asia, June 15, 2013

CS Japan joined another 2,000 hearty souls by entering a team in Japan's inaugural running of a "Warrior Dash" 5km obstacle and adventure run held in a resort area outside Tokyo. In addition to enjoying the good, clean -- if not always mud-free -- competition, CS Japan staff helped welcome the arrival of another U.S. entertainment concept sure to find fertile ground in a running-mad culture that also enjoys nature, costumes and festivals -- often most when they can be served up together.   A few hundred Japanese participants demonstrated this passion when they flew to Hawaii last year to participate in a Warrior Dash held there. The Embassy has supported this important sports-tourism trend by holding events such as a seminar last November featuring U.S.-based marathons and related travel opportunities for Japanese travelers. Warrior Dash is the creation of Chicago, IL-based event production company Red Frog Events, LLC. In just four years it has charged to the fore of the booming adventure race category, now producing scores of events annually in Canada, Australia, and Europe, in addition to the United States. The Japan-based licensees have teamed with the Konishiki Kids Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization founded by Japanese sumo legend Konishiki in 1996 to assist Hawaiian youth.

►CS Japan Helps Disperse Cloud of Misinformation Hanging Over Cloud Computing at Tokyo Seminar on U.S. Patriot Act Provisions, May 31, 2013:

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CS Japan working with the ECON Section of the Embassy hosted a conference entitled “Cloud Computing Laws and Regulations: Clarifying Misunderstandings and Facts.”  The conference featured speakers from State and Justice, along with Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and a local attorney.  The purpose was to address common misperceptions regarding The Patriot Act and related U.S. policies on law enforcement access to private information stored online or “in the cloud.”  The potential for data intrusion is often incorrectly alleged by U.S. company competitors seeking to take away market share.  The four co-sponsors of the event, Amazon Data Services Japan K.K., Google Japan Inc., Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd., and Salesforce.com Co., Ltd, were extremely pleased that the event drew a standing room crowd of over 150 executives and government officials to the Embassy, and said the clarity would allow them to achieve countless additional successes in the market, or forestall the loss of current business. 

SELECT USA Blankets FDI Powerhouse Japan with Seminar Roadshow, May 22-24, 2013:  

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CS Tokyo and Osaka combined with State Consular colleagues and several Japanese organizations to hold four, half-day seminars over three days in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.  As the first outreach events for Select USA in this priority market, the speakers covered the "why" and "how" of investing in the U.S., so that future programs can treat specific problem areas or industry sectors.   Interest was strong: 26 EDOs and business service providers jumped in to fully underwrite the costs beyond the seed funds provided from Select USA HQ, while registration for attendance by Japanese prospective SME and large corporate investors was so strong that a second session was added in Tokyo to accommodate overflow.  A total of over 250 Japanese executives attended the seminars.  The former CEO of Honda Motors, which recently announced another major direct investment in the United States, joined the reception hosted by Ambassador Roos at his residence for the roadshow.

►Under Secretary Sánchez & Amb. Roos Honor Peace Through Commerce Achievement, May 16, 2013:  

Peace through Commerce medal

CS Japan worked with colleagues worldwide to plan and stage a gala lunch attended by business and Government of Japan leaders that recognized the best in corporate social welfare exhibited by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan in coming to the aid of the citizens of Tohoku in the aftermath of the triple calamities of 3/11.  As  noted in the award, the Chamber went on to host the 2012 APCAC Asia Regional Business Summit, which U/S Sanchez and 8 U.S. Chiefs of Mission attended that signaled that Japan was back on its feet.  The lunch also featured the Under Secretary’s well-received speech on “The Trans-Pacific Business Opportunity,” on the cusp of Japan’s entry into the TPP talks.  The U/S also led 10 firms – the largest spin-off contingent of the 2013 Trade Winds Mission – to Tokyo for one-on-one meetings.  Finally, he joined Amb. Roos in opening the bi-weekly Interagency Commerce Task Force Meeting, which included the Principle Officers from across Japan for a review of NEI progress and future strategies. photos

►NOA Electrifies Business Prospects for U.S. Suppliers, May 16, 2013:

NOA Seminar

Under the banner of the private sector-driven and CS Japan-coordinated New Orleans Association (NOA) Conference, U.S. exporters joined with Japan’s 10 electric power companies and 2 power wholesalers for a full day of B2B meetings aimed at increasing sales of U.S. products and services to a huge electrical power market that may be primed for de-regulation.  After opening remarks by Under Secretary Sánchez, the group broke out into meetings arranged by CS Tokyo between 40 procurement managers from Japan’s power companies and over 60 representatives of U.S. firms.  The next 7 hours saw over 140 individual meetings focused on how U.S. technology and innovation can help address Japan’s energy needs as the country embarks on deregulation and an influx of renewable energy.

►DIA’s daily nonstop service to Japan a milestone for Colorado

Travel Tips

Earlier this year, Colorado’s global footprint took a significant step forward. Jan. 8 marked the first time that a sitting U.S. ambassador to Japan visited Colorado as part of an official trip. Why is this such a big deal for Colorado? The answer lies in the critical importance of connectivity and international business to our state’s economic future. more…

By A. Barry Hirschfeld Jr.

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