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March 6, 2006
Contact: LeaMarie Bistak-Herron, Center for East Asian Studies, (785) 864-3843.

Symposium to examine outsider opportunities in Japanese economy

LAWRENCE — The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas will examine outsider opportunities in Japan’s economy Tuesday, March 7, at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

“Viewpoint Japan III: Is Japan’s Economy Back? ‘Outsider’ Opportunities in the Japanese Services Market,” presented by the Japan External Trade Organization, will provide an opportunity for members of the business community, educators, students and area residents to learn about the future of the Japanese economy.

Tim Clark, co-author of Saying Yes to Japan: How Outsiders Are Reviving a Trillion Dollar Services Market, will give the keynote address for the symposium. Clark, an author, entrepreneur and lecturer in the School of Business at Portland State University, will be joined by two speakers from Japan External Trade Organization Chicago: Takashi Tsuchiya, chief executive director, and Dai Higashino, deputy director of the Japanese Economy Division, Economic Research Department. Bill Tsutsui, associate professor of Japanese history at KU, will be the moderator. Hodgie Bricke, assistant dean of international programs, will make introductions; and Melissa Birch, director of the KU Center for International Business Education and Research, will provide comments at the conclusion of the event.

“Viewpoint Japan III” will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., and the symposium will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Online registration is available at www.jetro.org.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Japan External Trade Organization, the Center for East Asian Studies, KU Center for International Business Education and Research, the Office of International Programs and Kansas/Asia Community Connections. Also assisting in the event are the Greater Kansas City Japan Council, the Heart of America Japan America Society and Johnson County Community College.

Japan External Trade Organization, a nonprofit, Japanese government-supported organization dedicated to promoting mutually beneficial trade and economic relationships between Japan and other nations, is the official trade organization of Japan and has a 46-year history of bringing Japanese and American companies together. JETRO Chicago provides services to companies and organizations in 11 Midwestern states.

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