Japan Business Update & Outlook
March 13, 2013
Hilton Anchorage Hotel
11:00 am-2:00 pm


This event provided an update on the Japanese economy and new, or expanded, business opportunities. The importance of Japan to the United States, especially Alaska, its economic future (and implications), and commercial (trade and investment) opportunities for Alaskan and Japanese companies, were outlined and discussed.

The event focused on the energy sector, as well as general trade and investment. Japan is the Alaska's second-largest trading partner and a significant investor in the state's resource sector.

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Ms. Yuri Arthur, Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, Los Angeles
Topic:
Trade Ties Between Alaska and
Japan: A Commercial Service Perspective

Mr. Eiji Hashio, Executive Vice President &
Director, Resources Energy, Inc. (REI), Tokyo

Topic:
Alaska/Japan LNG Opportunity

 
Mr. Hidehiro Muramatsu, General Manager, Washington Office, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Washington D.C.
Topic:
Japan's Energy Policy and Challenges
in LNG Supply
Mr. Toshiro Okada, Chief Executive Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), San Francisco
Topic:
Encouraging Mutually Beneficial Economic Cooperation Between the U.S. and Japan (speech)
   
Mr. Matt Stephens, Deputy Director of Business Development, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), San Francisco
Topic:
Japan Made Easier: Government Assistance for U.S. Companies Expanding in Japan
 
Mr. Steve Wilson, Coordinator, Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language & Culture (UAA)
Topic: About Montgomery Dickson Center

About the participating organizations:

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) was created in 2004 by the merger of Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC) and the Metal Mining Agency of Japan (MMAJ). The state-run agency assists in acquisitions by Japanese companies through direct investments and loan guarantees.

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit Japanese government organization that promotes trade and investment opportunities for business and companies in the United States and Japan.
 
Resources Energy, Inc. (REI) is a consortium of Japanese companies exploring opportunities to develop an LNG project to move Alaska gas to Japan. They recently opened an office in Anchorage.

U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.

This event was sponsored by: