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Japan-Mexico-Texas: Exploring Politics and Economics

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 1:45 pm - 8:15 pm

Ulises Granados, ITAM, Mexico

Join the SMU Tower Center Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia and the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center for a joint symposium looking at the economic and political relations between Japan, Mexico and Texas.

Symposium Schedule:

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.          Registration

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.          Opening Remarks: James F. Hollifield, SMU

 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.          Panel I: Why Politics Matters for Japan-Mexico Relations: Ulises Granados, ITAM, Mexico

The presentation introduces the main current features of the 400-year plus Mexico-Japan relationship and its perspectives for the future, the impact that recent political processes in the U.S. and Mexico produces in this trans-Pacific relationship, as well as the implication of the current political developments in the Mexico-Japan-U.S. triangle might have on Texas, in terms of economic opportunities, an improved trade and investment environment along the Mexico-Texas border, and stronger local political links.

Dr. Ulises Granados Quiroz is Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Studies Program (PEAP) in the Academic Department of International Studies, and full time Associate Professor and Researcher of international relations and Asian studies. B.A. in International Relations (UNAM), M.A. in Asia and Africa Studies (El Colegio de Mexico), and Ph.D. in History (The University of Tokyo). He has worked as instructor at several Japanese universities, including Daito Bunka, International Christian  University, Sophia University and Utsunomiya University. He was also full time Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, and news anchor at the international service NHK World in Japan. He regularly organizes symposia and conferences, authors fully-referred academic books and articles, and is a regular news analyst on Asian events for national and international mass media, including El Universal, El Financiero, El Economista, Televisa and Reforma in México, as well as  AFP, CNN, BBC, Radio France Internationale, Xinhua, People’s Daily and China Daily, among others.

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.          Panel II: Global Value Chains and Japan-Mexico Economic Relations: Thomas Klier, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Klier will discuss the relations between Japan and Mexico from the perspective of the auto industry. It is a global industry featuring value chains that cross many borders and can provide insights regarding the development of economic relations between countries.

Thomas H. Klier is a senior economist and research advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Klier’s research focuses on the effects of changes in manufacturing technology, the spatial distribution of economic activity and regional economic development. Since joining the Chicago Fed in 1992, Klier has  written widely on the evolving geography of the auto industry. His current research includes the changing structure of the auto industry and the responsiveness of the demand for new vehicles to the price of gasoline. Klier’s research has been published in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Regional Studies, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, The Industrial Geographer, Economic Development Quarterly, the Review of Regional Studies, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Public Choice and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Klier is co-author of a book on the auto supplier industry (joint with Jim Rubenstein, Miami University), published by the Upjohn Institute in 2008. Klier received an M.B.A. from Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, an M.A. from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University.

Keynote Dinner

Ernst & Young Gallery, Fincher Building, Cox School of Business

6:30 – 8:15 p.m.          Dinner & Discussion: The Roles of Japanese-Owned Mexican Companies in Automotive Global Value Chains

Keynote Speaker: Yugo Hashimoto, President of Sumitomo Corporation Mexico

Bio: Yugo Hashimoto is President of Sumitomo Corporation of Mexico. He graduated in 1984 from Waseda University. In 1984 he joined Sumitomo Corporation Tokyo. In 2003, he became the President and CEO of Summit Motor Management Inc. in the United States. In 2014, he became President of Sumitomo Corporation de Mexico. He also served as President of Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Mexico in 2016.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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