Tennessee-Japan Forum 2019 & JAST Annual Meeting | Feb 27 | Register Today


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Tennessee-Japan Forum 2019 & JAST Annual Meeting

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Kiyoaki Aburaki

Senior Director of Keidanren Strategic International Initiative (KSI)

Frost Brown LLC.

The Pinnacle at Symphony Place

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Please register to join the Tennessee-Japan Forum 2019 and JAST annual meeting featuring keynote speaker Kiyoaki Aburaki, Senior Director of Keidanren Strategic International Initiative(KSII), Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office, Wendy Cutler, and Masami Tyson, Global Director of FDI and Trade for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) for an update on the new Tennessee Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy.

A business networking opportunity and a reception will conclude the program.

Registration by close of business on Monday, February 18 is required for this free event.

Kiyoaki Aburaki is currently with Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) in Tokyo. He serves as Senior Director of Keidanren Strategic International Initiative(KSII) to promote high level policy dialogues between Japan and its major partners such as the United States and China, while playing co-directing roles in the Industrial Technology Bureau of the organization. In these capacities, Aburaki has directed variety of projects including the “Pacific Vision 21” Roundtable, where top political and business leaders from the U.S. and Japan gathered to show future directions of the bilateral collaboration in the rapidly changing international security and economic environments. Until 2012, Aburaki was based in Washington, D.C. to represent Keidanren and its affiliated think tank, the 21st Century Public Policy Institute (21PPI), while conducting research activities at Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS).

Wendy Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as vice president in November 2015, and also serves as the managing director of the Washington D.C. Office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. She also was the chief negotiator to the U.S.-Korea (Korus) Free Trade Agreement.

Masami Tyson, serves as Global Director of FDI and Trade at The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Their mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.

Parking in The Pinnacle Parking Garage, 150 3rd Avenue South, is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hourly rate is $4, and the daily rate, $14. There are other parking options conveniently located within blocks of The Pinnacle. ParkItDowntown.com provides a complete listing of downtown parking options, including an interactive map – https://www.parkitdowntown.com/maps/popular/904/15


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