[Japan_UW] FW: Asia Business Forum on Feb. 6

Japan at UW japan_uw at u.washington.edu
Sun Jan 21 15:04:26 PST 2018

Forwarding to our community:

Thank you,
UW Japan Studies Program
Thomson Hall 425 Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650


Asia Business Forum

“Business in Asia in the New Year – Spotlight: China, Japan and Korea”

This first Asia Business Forum of the new year will assess the economic prospects for China, Japan and South Korea in 2018, as well as the status of President Trump’s trade policies against the United States’ key trading partners in Asia.

Attendees will also learn about: (i) What to expect in 2018 in terms of inbound investments from these countries to the Seattle area, (ii) outbound business opportunities in these countries; and (iii) how North Korea is affecting U.S. and East Asia relationships.

Panelists are to include:


Tom Roehl – Professor of international business at Western Washington University, who has taught courses on Japanese business and lived in Japan for more than five years for research.

Kenji Ushimaru – Seattle representative of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) promoting mutual trade and investment between the U.S. and Japan. CEO of Infra Innovations, Inc., an engineering firm in Seattle.


Fraser Mendel – Vice Chairman of Washington State China Relations Council and attorney focused on international business deals involving the U.S. and China, who was previously based in Beijing for 12 years. Founding Partner of Mendel Owens PS.

Joe Borich – Former President of Washington State China Relations Council and American Consul General in Shanghai, China, who served every U.S. president from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton in various China-related capacities.


Jung Moon – Former Executive Director of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) in Silicon Valley. Founding Partner of SV101 Venture Partners, a global technology accelerator and early-stage investor in Silicon Valley.

The Asia Business Forum’s team of experts is engaged in Asia and tracks relevant policies and recent developments to deliver critical insights to Seattle’s Asia-oriented business community. Join us for a lively discussion of the issues making an impact in the region and across the Pacific.

There will be a gift giveaway at the end of the Forum!

Time: Registration & networking begins at 5:00 p.m. Forum at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Regular - $20. Early Bird - $15. At the door - $30 (cash/check only).

Parking: Free but limited (available on a first-come, first-serve basis).

Directions: http://www.bellevuewa.gov/directions_to_city_hall.htm

Refreshments: Light snacks and drinks will be provided after 5:00 PM (this is not a dinner function).

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