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Here is more information regarding the questions posed to Ambassador Fujisaki...
1) You've been involved with diplomacy and trade for so many years. How are things evolving with trade today, and are you optimistic for the future?
2) An idea that you hold near and dear is for people, student, leaders… to read between the lines. What does that mean to you?
3) What is an example of that, and how reading between the lines helps?
4) In particular you work with young people on this idea. How do they benefit by reading between the lines?
5) You’re also a believer in young people to get involved… including with cross border business. I’m sure internships are an example of that, which the Global Chamber is a strong supporter of as well. What’s the value for them, and for companies?
6) On Japanese youth, are you optimistic for the future?
Ichiro Fujisaki lived and worked in the US on several occasions, first as a junior high school student in Seattle in the early 1960’s, then in the early 1970’s as a student at both Brown and Stanford Universities. After starting his career he served twice in Washington, DC in the late 1990’s and again in 2008-2012. On the latter occasion he served as Japanese Ambassador. He maintains strong ties with the US and visits the country several times every year. He has also served in Jakarta, Paris, London, and Geneva. In Tokyo, he was Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau at the Foreign Ministry before being appointed as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2002. He is now President of The America-Japan Society in Japan.
Nobuo Yoneyama has lived and worked in the US on two occasions. The first time was in New York from 1988, followed by a stint in Washington, DC in 1991. The second was in Washington, DC from 2008 to 2012. His second son was born in New York and his first daughter in Maryland, therefore he has two Americans in his family. Following his early retirement in 2012, he founded Nisshin Global Corporation to be a bridge between Japanese SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and international markets.
And as a bonus, here is a post of information from Yoneyama san last week...
1. Gap Narrowed Between Japan and U.S. On TPP
On April 20, a TPP negotiation was held between Mr. Amari, TPP Minister and Mr. Froman, USTR in Tokyo. It went on from 9:30 am through 3 am on that midnight. Minister Amari described to the press the result of the negotiation that the gap of the mutual positions significantly narrowed. The largest gap had been degree of increase of American rice exports to Japan and the U.S. tariff imposed to Japanese auto parts. It seems that the Japanese side showed a compromise to agree on discussing a special framework to increase American rice import, while the U.S. side showed positive understanding on how the U.S. auto industry would benefit from the elimination of the tariff on Japanese auto parts. Mr. Froman, USTR also positively described the negotiation result to the press that this progress should create a significant momentum for the next 12 participants TPP negotiation, which is scheduled to be held near Washington, DC from April 23 through 26.
2. Population Declination Continuing
On April 17, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the population of Japan as of October 1, 2014. It is 127,083,000, which is 215,000 less than one year before. Japan's population declination is continuing on since four years ago. Its working age population (15 to 64 years old) got smaller by 1,160,000 than a year earlier. Aging is also continuing on. The share of the seniors who are 65 years old or older became 26%, while the share of 75 years old or older is 12.5%. Concentration of population to Tokyo did not stop last year and is still going on, while largest declination is recognized by Akita Pref. followed by Aomori. There was an increase of foreign residents in Japan last year.
3. Japan's 2030 Energy Portfolio Might Show 22% Share for Nuclear
Yomiuri reported on April 21 that METI solidified its draft plan for "Energy Mix", which is a governmental target of energy source portfolio for the year 2030. According to the plan, renewable energy has a 23% share at maximum, while nuclear energy has a 22% share at maximum in 2030. Besides, coal based fire power has around 30% share, while natural gas for 25% and petroleum for 3 to 4%.
4. JRC's Maglev Renewed Speed Record
JR Central announced on April 21 that its experimental magnetic levitation train with some of the company employees onboard recorded the world highest speed of a manned railway at 603 km/hr. It ran on the 42.8km long experiment track situated in Yamanashi Pref.
This experimental maglev is a sort of a prototype for JRC's planned Central Shinkansen. Its first operation to connect between Tokyo and Nagoya is due in 2027.
Please have a great weekend!
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