The Effect of SMEs in U.S.-Japan Economic Exchange and Trade
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are a critical force in both the U.S. and Japanese economies; driving innovation and allowing for highly specialized, distributed manufacturing. The 2023 Symposium will focus on SMEs and how they affect U.S.-Japan economic affairs. 3.58 Million SMEs make up 99.7% of all companies in Japan (SMRJ.go.jp) and in the U.S. 30 million SMEs have accounted for nearly two-thirds of net new private sector jobs in recent decades (USTR.gov).
Keynote luncheon speakers are listed below. One additional panelist, who will speak in the early afternoon, will be announced soon.
Publisher of Japan Economy Watch
Correspondent, Weekly Toyo Keizai
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Iichiro Uesugi Hitotsubashi University Institute of Economic Research Professor, Research Division of Economic Institutions and Policy
Dr. Hiroki Takeuchi
Southern Methodist University
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia in the Tower Center
Jason Galui Professor of Practice
Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
Jessica Gordon Director
U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Dallas-Fort Worth Office
Director, Texas Japan Office
Companies Attraction Advisor, City of Kumamoto, Japan
Date and Schedule
Friday, February 17 11:30 am – Registration 12:00 pm – Opening remarks and lunch 12:25 pm – Presentation by Richard Katz, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 12:45 pm – Presentation by Iichiro Uesugi, Professor, Research Division of Economic Institutions and Policy, Hitotsubashi University Institute of Economic Research 1:05 pm – Audience Q&A 1:30 to 2:00 pm – Coffee break and networking 2:00 pm – Panel Discussion 3:30 pm – Program closes
Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center
7121 Bishop Road
Plano, TX 75024 Map
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This annual program brings leading thinkers from both Japan and the U.S. to explore current and looming issues that affect the critically important bilateral relationship. Topics addressed in the past have ranged from international trade to politics, security, and the globalization of Japan’s economy. From 2014 to 2019, this program was known as the Japan Update Symposium and was part of a series presented by Japan-America Societies across the U.S., made possible by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS). Starting in 2020, this program is known as the Japan Currents Symposium, again part of a series presented by Japan-America Societies across the U.S., made possible by the Embassy of Japan in the United States and NAJAS.
In partnership with the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at the SMU Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs