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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Japan's U.S. Investment Dynamic: A New Look at the U.S. - Japan Economic Relationship

Ralph A. Inforzato, Chief Executive Director JETRO Chicago
Thursday, January 20, 2022
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Please note: Due to updated guidance from the university in regards to the COVID policy, this lecture will be only in a webinar format. Please register here to attend:

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required if you intend to participate virtually. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email. The Center for Japanese Studies will follow state, local, and University of Michigan guidelines for in-person events.

Japan is #1. That's right, Japanese companies are the leading foreign direct investor in the United States (2020). The velocity of U.S. based Japanese investment has gradually unfolded into a singular economic phenomenon. Unnoticed by the media, yet greatly supported by state and local governments, who have witnessed and consistently supported this virtuous cycle of manufacturing expansions of Japanese businesses in America's communities. By obtaining an understanding of the depth of Japanese direct investment in the U.S., one will obtain deeper insights of the bilateral relationship and thereby a more holistic perspective of the Japan - U.S. economic relationship.

Since 2017, Ralph Inforzato has been Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago. As Chief Executive Director, he oversees JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago. Prior to his new position, Mr. Inforzato served as Executive Director, Business Development for JETRO Chicago. In this position he worked to implement JETRO’s team based projects to directly engage in assisting US business expansion to Japan. He initiated in-bound and out-bound technology collaboration for US & Japanese small and medium sized companies, which resulted in numerous business agreements. He also sustained the relationships that JETRO Chicago has with business, state government and university leaders.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Business, Japan
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures